10 Things New Moms Don’t Know About Breastfeeding
Surprising facts for nursing newbies.
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Your milk supply increases and decreases based on your baby’s demand for nourishment, so frequent breastfeeding sessions help bolster a strong supply. This nifty feature of nursing also ensures that your baby will have enough to eat as her appetite increases.
Your baby can also jumpstart your milk let-down reflex; when your body recognizes cues, such as hearing your baby cry, it lets the milk flow. In fact, some working moms record their babies’ I’m-getting-hungry cries to help them pump more efficiently at the office.
“The sound relaxes moms,” Beck says. “Even seeing pictures of your baby helps moms unwind, and that milk will start flowing.”