While breastfeeding may seem daunting for a first-time mom, it’s also one of the most beneficial steps you can take for your baby. If you feel anxious or uncertain about it, understand that it’s completely normal to experience those emotions. Taking steps to learn best practices can help you feel more confident when you sit down for the first time to nourish your baby with the nutrients they need. In addition to seeking help from your child’s pediatric care provider, here are some basic dos and don’ts to keep in mind.


Create a routine.

Even if you aren’t sure if the baby is hungry, it’s important to commit to a schedule. The more routine it becomes to breastfeed your baby, the less likely they are to experience frustration over hunger. Keep in mind that crying is often a last sign of hunger; they may smack their lips or open and close their mouths in anticipation of breastfeeding if they are hungry. Sticking to a schedule ensures your baby feels satisfied.

Ask for help.

Breastfeeding doesn’t always occur naturally, and that’s normal. Ask your child’s pediatric care provider about linking you with a lactation consultant if you could benefit from more help. They provide invaluable support to new moms, providing you with guidance every step of the way. Whether your little one won’t latch, your baby is premature, you’re coping with low milk supply, or you feel pain, you can trust a specialist to help you.  


Move your breast to baby.


While it may seem natural to guide your breast into the baby’s mouth, it’s best to take a more natural approach to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout. Bring your baby close to you, supporting their head and spine carefully. Let your baby take as much of the breast as they can comfortably tolerate. Don’t be alarmed if it causes some pain the first few times; it’s very normal to feel discomfort, and it can take some effort to find the perfect position.

Eat your usual diet indiscriminately.

While you don’t technically have to avoid any specific foods, pediatric care providers may recommend that you alter your diet slightly when you’re breastfeeding. Limiting your intake of mercury-rich fish, for example, is important because the toxic metal can be harmful.  It’s also possible for caffeine to stimulate your baby via breast milk, causing them issues like irritability and difficulty falling asleep. Consume no more than 300 milligrams, or the equivalent of a couple of cups of coffee, daily.

New moms throughout the Bronx, NY, trust in the caring and experienced pediatric care team at HDR Healthcare Network for all of their baby’s medical needs. They offer extensive services to ensure your new arrival’s good health, and you can be confident that your little one will receive only the highest quality care. Visit the website to learn more about their services, or call (929) 256-5005 to schedule an appointment.