We’ve got your back! Tips for first-time moms on how to navigate a whole new world of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is something you will want to do soon as the baby is born, however, it can be very intimidating especially for first-time moms. These tips should help mother-and-child ease their way into a beautiful rhythm of supply and demand in no time, especially on the baby’s first year.
- Prepare before the baby comes. If you are intent on long-term breastfeeding once the baby comes, prepare your body by eating healthy foods, doing some pre-natal and breathing exercises, and drinking a moringa supplement to ensure good milk flow on the first week after the baby is born.
- Check if latch is correct. Once baby comes, take your cue from nature. Babies were born with a natural reflex to crawl up to the mother’s nipple and latch on. A good latch is not just concentrated on the nipple. The baby’s mouth should also cover part of the areola. The child’s lips should be turned out with its chin and nose touching the mother’s breast. You should see and hear your child sucking and swallowing and looking satisfied at the end of each breastfeeding.
- Breastfeed on demand. Newborns need to be breastfed every 2-3 hours for 15-20 minutes each time. This dynamic does not only ensure that the baby is well-fed but that the body is continuously producing enough amount of milk.
- Alternate feeding on each breast. To avoid discomfort where one breast is bursting with milk while the other is empty, make sure to alternate breastfeeding on each one. You can try burping your baby in between feeding and then offer the other breast if it is still hungry. If it is full and refuses to feed, you can ease the pressure on the other breast by pumping.
- Ask for help. You will likely doubt yourself once or twice as you try to get into the rhythm of breastfeeding. When this happens, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor or lactation consultant if you’re doing things right. They would be more than happy to guide you in the breastfeeding process. Your partner or someone who helps you with caregiving
- Take care of your nipples. Clean them with water instead of using strong soaps. If they are dry and cracked, apply all-natural Go-Lacta Moringa Dry Oil. They are 100% pure and cold pressed from moringa seeds.
- Eat healthy. Drinking plenty of fluids to keep you constantly hydrated. More importantly, eat foods that keep your milk production up. One of nature’s best galactagogue source is the moringa leaf. Because moringa is not common in western countries, they come in capsule, powder or tea forms.
Go-Lacta takes pride in using only 100% pure moringa from the Philippines. They come packaged as capsule, powder, or tea that is convenient to take or use in a variety of recipes for lactating mothers.