Penelope Leach offers this advice for getting your baby in the best position to nurse.
- Cradle the baby in the crook of your arm so that her well-supported head is above the level of her stomach.
- Don’t hold her head forcibly toward you. She must be able to turn away for a rest.
- Leave her outside hand free—she’ll soon enjoy stroking the breast as part of active feeding rather than passively being fed. Make eye contact.
Stay hydrated: It’s important to drink plenty of fluids during the period you nurse. The following tips are from the book What to Expect the First Year (Workman Publishing) by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff and Sandee E. Hathaway, B.S.N.
- Drink at least 8 cups of fluid a day. Good choices are water, fruit and vegetable juices, milk and soups.
- Excessive fluids—more than 12 cups a day if you’re nursing one child—can actually inhibit breast-milk production.
If you’re bottle-feeding, try these tips:
- Wash your hands thoroughly, and make sure bottles, nipples and measuring spoons are spanking clean. Measure powdered formula and sterilized water exactly.
- Don’t reuse leftover formula.
- Experiment with different types of nipples. Boil new bottles and nipples before use.
- Never microwave your baby’s formula. Instead, warm it slowly by placing it in a pan of water on the stove.