8 Tips to Prepare for Breastfeeding While Pregnant
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Some of our mothers may wonder what kind of preparations can be made during pregnancy for breastfeeding. There is not much you need to do in terms of physical preparation.
Hormones in your body make changes to milk production in your breasts throughout pregnancy, and milk production begins soon after birth. Most mothers need to breastfeed a friend who will support them with the correct information and encouragement.
Preparation of Breast Tips
First of all, it is helpful to know the areas of your chest related to this issue. Quite simply, you have your nipple and surrounding areola, a gray ring.
These definitions will suffice in your education for now. Once upon a time, many practices were used for nipple preparation so that your nipples would not be damaged during breastfeeding. However, it is accepted today that the baby’s correct positioning and the correct sucking of the breast prevent nipple sores or reduce the problems that may develop.
Therefore, nipple preparation is no longer required.
It is unnecessary to use alcohol, antiseptic, or soap on your nipples. It is sufficient to wash your breasts with clean water while washing. As your baby suckles, the glands around your nipple secrete a substance that prevents germ growth and moisturizes the skin.
Soap can be very drying, so it should not be used on the chest area. Some mothers choose to use a moisturizer throughout pregnancy to prevent drying to the nipples.
It is not recommended to use any creams while breastfeeding, except for preparations based on lanolin.
Gentle breast massages will help you recognize and handle your breast, especially if you need to express your breast in the future. One massage method is to start from an area of your chest close to the rib cage and gently press a point with your fingers and make circular movements in that area.
Then move forward by repeating these movements towards the tip of your chest for 10-20 seconds. Then continue with your other breast.
Colostrum During Pregnancy
Your breasts may begin to produce colostrum (first milk – colostrum) during pregnancy, especially in the last weeks of pregnancy or after a massage.
Detect Flat or Ingrown Nipples!
Your baby needs to be able to pull your nipple to the back of his mouth to suckle effectively. If your nipples are flat, then your baby may have difficulty trying to do this movement.
Grab the base of the nipple with your thumb and forefinger and squeeze gently. If your nipple is not protruding enough to hold, then you are likely to have flat nipples.
A suitable method for protruding a flat nipple is to place both thumbs at the base of the nipple (not the areola) and stretch the thumbs apart by pressing them into the chest. Do this movement five times from different points and repeat 3-4 times a day.
If your nipples never come out while doing these movements, then you may have inverted nipples. Such nipples collapse inward when the areola is squeezed.
This condition may or may not require treatment. Some breastfeeding experts believe that if the baby has a good grip on the breast, they can successfully breastfeed. Some experts are in favor of using breast molds to protrude the nipple.
They are comfortable to wear, lightweight, and will not go unnoticed under your bra. Wearing them for a few hours a day during pregnancy and increasing the time will help get used to them.
If inverted nipples are detected after the baby is born, the breast molds can be used between feedings.
Chest molds can be found in related stores.
Many mothers prefer to buy nursing bras while they are pregnant to facilitate breastfeeding. Ensure the bras purchased in the last weeks of pregnancy are big enough because your breasts will grow after giving birth.
A small bra can block the chest ducts, but it can also lead to infection.
Make sure that your clothes are in two pieces: a skirt shirt or a trouser-shirt. It is of great benefit to choosing a top that is suitable for breastfeeding. For you to be able to breastfeed your baby comfortably and to feel comfortable in crowded environments.
You can unbutton your shirt from the bottom up. A comfortable sweater or t-shirt can be easily lifted. Many stores produce clothes considering the needs of pregnant women. Take a look if appropriate.
Incentive and Support
Giving birth in hospitals or delivery rooms with lactation consultants is essential tiny for breastfeeding. Before giving birth, research and visit institutions that prioritize breast milk and breastfeeding and ask them questions. Determine if the institution is right for you.
Remember that the first hours and days after birth are very important for breastfeeding and breast milk.
Baby Breastfeeding Tips
Breastfeeding is not instinctive; it has to be learned. Give your baby and yourself some time, and after a while, you will realize that it is easy for you too.
Here are some breastfeeding tips to keep in mind.
Start breastfeeding your baby early.
Breastfeed your baby within the first hour after birth. Even if you fail because you’ll be tired, don’t worry about it. If you have had a difficult birth, believe that holding your baby to your chest with direct skin contact can be just as satisfying as breastfeeding.
Practice a lot.
Think of breastfeeding before your milk comes in as a “dry tap,” but don’t worry about the baby feeding too little. Continue to breastfeed even if you don’t have milk. Don’t worry; your milk is adjusted according to your baby’s needs.
At the moment, this requirement may be minimal, and in fact, your baby’s stomach is not yet ready to digest so much food; therefore, a small amount of colostrum (first or colostrum) produced by your body is sufficient. Think of these initial breastfeeding sessions as practice techniques.
The message to remember here is, “the more you breastfeed your baby, the more milk will come!” You may think your baby is hungry because he is crying, but babies have many reasons to cry, and crying does not necessarily mean hunger. Still, your baby should be breastfed as much and whenever they want.
In this case, if you intervene with formula, your baby’s desire to suck will decrease; as breastfeeding decreases, your breast tissue will not be able to receive a warning, and milk production will decrease.
Give time to yourself.
Successful breastfeeding is not a one-day job. The baby, of course, is inexperienced. If it is your first baby, you are in the same situation.
You have a lot to learn, but you have to be patient about it. It takes a lot of trials to be mutually compatible. Accept that you will make mistakes too.
If you’re a new mom, we know this will be a bit of a challenge. But if you want to be successful in breastfeeding, know that calmness is the most critical condition! The tension prevents the milk from coming.
Thus, because you can’t relax even though you produce milk, there is a situation where the milk does not come. If you’re feeling nervous, keep visitors out of your room during breastfeeding, or take them out when you feel the baby is hungry. If you think it will be helpful, do relaxation exercises, listen to soft music.
Ban the bottle
See supplements and formulas containing sugar water as sabotage to your breastfeeding efforts. Even a few sips of sugar water will turn off the baby’s appetite and eliminate the need to suckle. After a few tries with a bottle, the baby, who can reach milk easily and effortlessly with this method, may now lose the will to struggle.
If your baby suckles briefly and reluctantly, your breasts are losing their motivation to produce milk. Thus, you get into a vicious circle that prevents breastfeeding.
Apart from that, your baby may go into “breast confusion” as the bottle or pacifier is very far from the actual breast structure. The tip of the bottle and teat is thin and flat, whereas, to suckle from the breast, it must take the entire brown part of the breast into the mouth, not just the tip because breast milk is in the areola, not at the nipple.
A baby accustomed to a bottle or pacifier will catch his mother’s nipple and become angry that there is no milk and will reject the mother’s breast. However, since it will bite the nipple and leave it constantly wet, pain and cracks will occur quickly.
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