13 things to do for a successful start to breatfeeding

13 things to do for a successful start to breatfeeding


1. The milk will not come spontaneously like a tap immediately after the delivery. It will take 48-72 hours to start proper milk supply. Also, for some women, even the colostrum – which is the thick protein rich milk produced initially - will take time to come. So be prepared and check with the doctor if everything is fine.

2. Check if everything is good with your nipple. Some women have flat nipples while some have inverted nipples. Both can create major problems in breastfeeding. Make sure that you know what your nipple type is.

3. If you actually do have inverted or flat nipples, do not get scared. From the start of ninth month onwards, start massaging the nipples with an outward movement. Of course, they will not be completely normal before the baby actually starts suckling. But by massaging, you can at least prepare them a little for feeding.

4. Even if they're normal it is good exercise to massage your nipples every day in the ninth month. It can relax the internal tissues and stimulate the ducts to produce milk.

5. Take one spoon full of shatawari powder in one glass of milk everyday during pregnancy. Shatawari is a very effective traditional herb which aids in good milk production. It also is a good antacid and helps in curbing acidity and heartburn.

6. Before or during pregnancy, if you do not see colostrum, don’t worry. Colostrum is secreted in very small quantities - around 35 ml per day post-delivery. Once you see it, try to feed it to the baby as much as possible.

7. Try to put the baby on your breast and start feeding within the first hour of birth. The baby’s suckling instinct is the strongest during this time and it also gives the milk glands a great start for a successful breastfeeding process.

8. Women having Caesarean delivery might not be able to move to get a comfortable position for feeding. So take as much help from the hospital staff and the family as possible, but make sure you try to put the baby to your breast frequently till you can move.

9. Milk production is based on the demand-supply cycle. So the more you nurse, the more milk is produced. Just make sure you are nursing your baby regularly eight to 10 times in a span of 24 hours in the initial two months.

10. Get a good quality breast pump. This is absolutely necessary in today’s age because it's always good to express milk and store for later use. This reduces wastage and also makes sure that you produce more milk regularly.

11. Be comfortable in whatever position you choose to feed. Spend time and energy in getting good pillows, mattresses and maternity wear, which will help you feed.

12. Keep a check on weight gain and the number of times your baby is peeing and pooping. If weight is gradually increasing, you are doing a good job.

13. The most important thing: RELAX. The baby will never stay hungry. It will get your attention whenever it requires food and you will know with your instinct what has to be done.