Any other tips for nursing success?

Do not accept any “free” samples of formula or bottles, etc. from your hospital or birthing center.

Many hospitals sell lists of their patients’ names and addresses to formula companies. You may receive a “free” case or two of formula by the time you arrive home with baby. Either promptly send the case back to the company, or take it to a local food pantry, with instructions that it be given to mothers who are already formula feeding.

Give yourself at least four weeks to establish a nursing relationship. Don’t worry so much about the house during this time, and devote as much of your energy as you can towards nursing your little one.

Share sleep with your little one. Sleep sharing is a practice which has been done for centuries and which is done in all cultures all over the world. Prolactin levels, which stimulate milk production, are said to be highest between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. You will find it much easier to nurse your baby at night if she is sleeping beside you in the bed. After a week or two, the two of you may not even wake up all the way while you nurse her back to sleep. Be sure there are no pillows, stuffed animals, feather comforters, etc. near your baby. Use a guard rail on the bed, or push the bed flush up to the wall. Do not allow baby to sleep between you and your husband. Rather, she should sleep between the railing / wall and you. See “The Family Bed” by Tine Thevenin, or “The Baby Book” by William and Martha Sears for more information about sleep sharing.

Get a good book. “So That’s What They’re For!” by Janet Tamaro Natt, “The Breastfeeding Book” by William and Martha Sears, or “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” by La Leche League International are some good choices.

Get comfy. Set up a “nursing station” before you start. A tall glass of water, a snack, the phone, a book, a burping cloth, pillows, and perhaps a blanket are all items you should have on hand.

Source: Modern Muslima –

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