Good for you! You decided to breastfeed. Not to freak you out or anything, but you'll probably be nursing your baby every two hours (or pumping) for the next few months. So you might as well get yourself set up to be as comfortable as possible, right? Here are some breastfeeding tips that will help:
- Get yourself comfortable before you adjust the baby. Make sure you're in a comfy chair that provides enough support (gliders are heavenly!) and that you have some place to rest your feet (you can't beat a gliding ottoman!).
- If you're lying down, have lots of pillows handy because chances are good that you'll need them! Also, you might want an extra blanket to drape over you and/or the baby in case you get chilly.
- Make sure you've got your necessities by your side—we're thinking of the remote control, your phone, and a big glass of water (and maybe a snack).
- Regular pillows are great for support, but you might want to invest in a nursing pillow to support your baby's weight (or else your arm will fall asleep!)
- You may need to adjust baby's height (i.e. move your arm up or down) to ensure she's got a good latch and suck, because it's easy to end up with sore nipples if you're holding her too high or too low in this position. Sounds tricky, but you'll get the hang of it!