Breastfeeding for the first time can be intimidating, especially if you are a new, first time mom. Don’t pressure yourself too much, it does take some time to get the hang of it. The important thing is not to give up and just keep trying. Also, try some of these tips to make breastfeeding go more smoothly. Watch your baby for hunger cues. Before they start crying, babies tend to search for food with their mouth (this is called rooting). Once you see the baby doing this, get started on breastfeeding right away. This will help your bond with the baby as well as establish a secure attachment. Ask a lactation consultant. Whether you’re in the hospital or at home, a lactation consultant is usually readily available by phone. They are specially trained in breastfeeding and can give you specialized tips to help maximize your experience. Create a relaxing environment where you will breastfeed. This will help calm you and the baby making breastfeeding easier. Have everything you need within arm’s reach. If you want, have someone in there with you for support or for any needs that may arise. Eat a healthy diet. What you eat, your baby will eat. It is important to eat many well balanced meals. Follow your hunger as a guide to how much you need to eat. Generally, breastfeeding women need 500 more calories a day. Also, wash fruit and vegetables carefully as they may have pesticides on them. Be extra careful to avoid anything that may harm the baby. Breastfeeding is a great time for both baby and mother. Some do not get the hang of it right away while others latch on quickly. It is best to keep trying and ask for help when you need it.
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