5 Tips for Dressing While Breastfeeding
Every woman wants to look her best. But let’s be real, it can be challenging looking put together when you are dressing for breastfeeding. Fashion choices can seem limited. And who has the time to think too much about it?
A few tips for dressing for breastfeeding will have you feeling stylish and put together.
- Wear a Nursing Bra or Tank. …
- Wear a Tank Top Under Clothes. …
- Choose Button-Down Shirts. …
- Wear a Wrap Dress. …
- Add a Scarf to Your Outfit.
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Breastfeeding Secrets Every New Mother Should Know
Nursing your baby is no easy feat. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the only breastfeeding tips you’ll ever need, from the experts.
It Shouldn’t Hurt to Nurse
Expert tip: Some tenderness is normal in the first two weeks. Ease the discomfort by applying a little bit of expressed breast milk onto your nipples and areola after each feeding. But if you’re in a lot of pain, stop breastfeeding until you talk to a lactation consultant or your doctor. An improper latch for even a brief period of time can damage your breast tissue.
Get the Flow Going Early
Expert tip: “The biggest mistake women make is not waking their newborns up to nurse,” says Lebbing. You should feed your baby every two to three hours, waking him up if you need to. If he isn’t emptying your breasts, you should pump and freeze your milk for later use. If you’re unable to breastfeed (for example, if your baby is sick or preterm), you should pump about 10 times every 24 hours during the first 14 days.
Preemies Can Get Breast Milk Too
Expert tip: Try manually expressing at the beginning. Colostrum is thicker than the milk that comes in later on. “When you use an electric pump, colostrum doesn’t flow as well,” says Walker
Keys to Latching
Give your baby a little extra help latching on with these easy breastfeeding tips
- Position your baby so his nose is in front of your nipple.
- Support him with your fingertips behind both his ears and your other arm resting along his spine.
- Gently tickle your baby’s lips with your breast.
- When your baby opens wide, do not aim the center of his mouth toward your nipple. Instead, aim his lower lip toward the areola, about an inch away from the nipple. This slightly asymmetrical aim will ensure the nipple ends up toward the roof of your baby’s mouth and will enable him to compress the breast tissue with his tongue — which he needs to do to get milk.
The cradle hold
This is the most basic position, and the one you’ll probably use the most. To put your baby to your right breast, nestle her in your right arm so that her neck rests in the crook of your elbow, her body is along your forearm, and her bottom is in your hand. Turn your baby to her side, so she is facing you, tummy to tummy. Raise baby to the level of your breasts, using a pillow on your lap or by raising your legs with a footstool, if necessary. With your left hand support your breast, fingers underneath the breast and your thumb on top, away from the areola.
The cross cradle
This is a good position if you have a small baby, or if he’s having trouble latching on. It’s similar to the cradle hold, except you position baby on the arm opposite of the breast being used, making it easier to control baby’s head and guide his mouth to your breast. Or, put your baby to your left breast, hold your baby with your right arm, and support your breast with your left hand.
The football hold
Here’s another position to try if you’re having trouble getting her to latch on correctly. This is also a popular hold for women who’ve had a c-section, because it prevents baby’s weight from resting on the mother’s abdomen. Sitting up, position your baby so she’s perpendicular to your body, on the same side as the breast, tucked in under your arm like a football (hence the name). Support your baby’s head with your fingers, her back with your forearm. Your arm should be resting comfortably on a pillow. Her legs should be tucked between your elbow and your body.
If you can figure out how to do this, you might be able to get some sleep during middle-of-the-night-feedings. Position your baby so that you’re lying down facing each other. Your baby’s mouth should be directly in front of your breast. Place the rest of his head on the bed or on your arm, whichever works best. Baby’s body should be straight and parallel to yours.
Babies need help latching on correctly. Lightly brush your baby’s lower lip with your nipple, and she’ll open her mouth wide as if yawning. Quickly pull her toward your breast until her mouth covers the entire nipple and her chin and nose touch the breast. If her sucks feel light and fluttery during feeding, or you don’t hear swallowing, she may not be latched on correctly. Slide your finger into baby’s mouth, press down on your breast to gently remove her, and try again.