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Breastfeeding is a beautiful bonding moment between mother and child, but let’s be honest, it’s not always comfortable. Feedings throughout the day can really take a toll on your body and not just your breasts. Thankfully, there are some tried and true ways to help you make breastfeeding as comfortable as it can be, so you can enjoy it for the experience it is.

 

Change up your position.
Try holding your baby in different positions to help them eat properly while keeping your arms, shoulders and back from getting sore. You can cradle them the traditional way or cross your arms. You can also try nursing lying on your side. No matter which you choose, make sure your baby’s head and neck are properly supported so they don’t choke or experience indigestion. You can use pillows or folded blankets for some help. Many find special nursing pillows to be comfortable in supporting the baby

 

Give yourself some support.
It’s also important to make sure your back, arm(s) and breasts are properly supported for your comfort as well and to reduce strain. If you’re sitting, choose a chair or spot on the couch with a firm but not rigid back so you can relax. An armrest is a perfect place to rest the arm holding your baby and prop your feet up as well. Use your other hand (the one not holding your baby) to hold the breast they’re feeding from. Many women choose a nursing chair, as these provide perfect positioning, although they can be expensive..

 

Use an ointment.
Your nipples may get dry and even crack from breastfeeding. An all-natural ointment can help relieve the discomfort and promote healing. Make sure to shop for one specifically made for this purpose, which is safe for babies. You can also try using pure, organic coconut oil as well.

 

Be kind to your breasts.

When you aren’t feeding, be mindful of your breasts to prevent blocked ducts, which can be painful. Avoid tight straps on clothing or baby carrying accessories — even bags — that can press on them. Wear a supportive bra that isn’t restrictive and allows for easy feeding. Choose a soft, smooth fabric that won’t irritate sensitive skin.

 

Try a nipple shield.

A nipple shield made of thin silicone can help reduce discomfort and make it easier for your baby to latch in those early days. Your hospital may even supply them.

 

Change things up.
You’ll spend a lot of your time feeding, so you need to be mindful of which breast you’re using each time to reduce pain. Alternate which breast you feed your baby with each time. This ensures they get enough milk and a sore breast gets a break. You can use a bracelet as a reminder of which side you nursed such as the award winning Baby Bonding Bracelet

 

Have a look at your baby’s mouth.
How your baby latches on has a lot to do with the pain you may or may not experience. Their lips should be turned out with their tongue extended out over their lower lip. Make sure they have enough breast tissue in their mouth so they don’t feel the need to bite down and pull. When they’re done eating, gently inserting your finger into their mouth can help release the suction before you remove your breast from their mouth.

 

As you know, your little one needs to be fed on their schedule, not yours. What you’re providing them with is vital and doing so no matter how you feel is just one of the many things that makes mothers selfless. Give these suggestions a try and let us know what works for you!

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