August is National Breast Feeding month, here are a few helpful tips that may make your decision on whether to breastfeed or use formula easier:
1. Attend a breastfeeding class
Taking a course on breastfeeding is important in order to know what to expect. In a class, you can learn about nursing positions for you and the baby. You can also find out how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk.
2. Invest in a good nursing bra
Nursing bras make breastfeeding a lot easier. It’s also essential to purchase nursing pads to help you stay dry.
3. Consult a lactation specialist
Lactation specialists can answer questions about concerns you might be having during the first few weeks of breastfeeding.
4. Make a nursing kit for yourself
Nursing can be time consuming. Pack a tote bag with things you may need while your baby is nursing, such as a water bottle, energy bar and something to read. It’s helpful to have this by you every time you nurse so you can stay in one place while your baby gets enough milk.
5. Take it day by day
Breastfeeding can be a very difficult experience. It’s important to relax and stay calm as you and your baby learn the process.