Breastfeeding tips for Moms:
- Milk production is based on the frequency and effectiveness of milk taken by the baby. So begin nursing and/or pumping every 2-3 hours when baby is a newborn.
- Gently massage breasts to avoid engorgement, soften your milk supply, and make it easier for baby to latch.
- Nurse in the most comfortable position possible. Seems like a no-brainer but when you’re comfortable and relaxed, it will be better for your flow and for baby.
- Ensure water and essentials are within reach – you might be busy for a while. Think cell phone & charger, remote, snacks, nursing pillow, burp cloths, breast pads, and of course Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Balm to help ease sore, overworked nipples.
- Travel (near or far) with a nursing blanket cover for privacy.
- Wash and dry all pump parts and properly store your milk storage bags.
- Always ask for help if needed. If you sense something isn’t right or you’re experiencing pain, trust your gut and reach out to your doctor or a lactation consultant for help.
To help a breastfeeding mom…
- Words of encouragement go a long way. Simply tell her she’s doing an amazing job…and it’s a tough job.
- Offer to take care of older children, run errands, or offer to hold baby so mom can shower or nap before she’s back on the job.
- Gift new moms a pampering session to help them relax and rejuvenate.
- Fix her a lactation-focused snack or smoothie. It always tastes better when someone else makes it!
- Help with nighttime baby care including getting the baby up and putting them back to bed or putting on mama’s favorite show.
- Just check-in. “What can I do?” “What do you need?” “How are you?” “Hi.”
This site is intended for informational purposes only and does not provide medical advice. Please consult your physician or other health-care professional.