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Start breastfeeding early on

Here are some tips to help you get through the first feeds:

 

Breast milk is the best food for babies, as it contains all the necessary nutrients to ensure their proper development. What is more, this type of feeding:

- Protects babies from diseases and infections.

- Reduces the risk of allergies, as its components are not allergenic.

- Helps the digestive system to mature.

- Regulates babies' appetites and helps stimulate their sense of taste and smell.

- Strengthens the bond between mother and child, thanks to the close contact that is established during feeding.

Mothers who choose this method of feeding must bear in mind that in order to get off to a good start the best thing is to start nursing from the very first hours of the baby's life. This will stimulate the milk supply and get the child used to acting on instinct. It is normal for new mums to have some difficulties at first. The important thing is not to let it get you down, and bear in mind that breastfeeding is something that takes practice.

Here are some tips to help you get through the first feeds:

 

Start preparing yourself psychologically during pregnancy.

Experts say that the mother's psychological condition is very important to the milk production process. The mother must also trust in her own ability to suckle her baby and leave aside any fear and anxiety.

Choose the right position.

Normally new mums are advised to hold their baby so that the baby's nose is level with her nipple. This will allow the baby to smell it, calmly find it and finally latch on from below. For the first few times, it might be best to ask a midwife for help to ensure that the little one is latched on properly.

Stay calm and relaxed.

The mother must be settled in a pleasant spot where she can relax and feed the baby in comfort. The calmer the mother, the easier it will be for her to nurse her child.