Breastfeeding for Beginners – All You Need to Know

Breastfeeding for beginners can be really painful, frustrating, and tiring, but rewarding undoubtedly. How do they tolerate the severe pain, and the engorgement for about 6 months or sometimes a year?  If anyone can really make it well all-through the initial six weeks or so, then they are really going well on their way to a simpler breastfeeding relationship.

Breastfeeding for Beginners – Things you should know

Cognitive stimulation is very strenuous for infants at this phase – generally skin-to-skin breastfeeding will put off excess stimulation and promote brain growth.  The over-stimulated infant is very hard to nourish, keeps mouth tight and closed eyes of the baby can’t see mother’s face. So it is always good to avoid stimulation and try to breastfeed as much as possible to avoid disturbance from this cold, busy and noisy world.

  • Generally, infants can see up to 8 – 10 inches at this age, so the distance between mother’s face and baby’s eyes should be this when breastfeeding. Typically, babies see white, black and grey colors – like how the areola color is dark when compared to the skin of the breast – infants make use of this color difference in order to find nipple.  Allow the baby to see the bare chest as it helps out with the latch.
  • Generally, the most common response at this growing phase is sucking. Infants will suck briskly when anything is put in their mouth – it is mother’s job to ensure that their mouth is placed appropriately. Tidbit: If you are using bottles to feed, just ensure measuring all the contents.  Because, the sucking impulse overrides infant’s ability to stop sucking even when they got full up to four months.  It's easy to over-feed infants up to four months because of this reflex.
  • Generally babies can express hunger from the day one itself.  When the baby shows hunger prompts (rooting, lip smacking, sucking hands) feed them immediately once you get the hints. If you miss out the hunger prompts then the baby starts crying in order to communicate the hunger.  If this is the case the breast feeding might not go good, or baby might get tired simply from crying.

Let us explore certain ways that can take you through the first six weeks of baby's development!



Once you obtain a good latch, everything will fall in place.  Work out on the below components of latch through each breastfeeding till you are not getting more pain – slight pain might be present due to engorgement from the poor latching previously.

Try out the Breast Sandwich:

Pull your breast after the areola in order to form a bigger version of the nipple, fix the size of your breast as per your baby’s mouth.  If their mouth is open wide then compress your breast size to wide– when fixed up appropriately, babies will draw a great amount of breast into their mouth as per the sucking reflex.

Try to make a bigger mouth opening:

As growing, babies can communicate with you from their birth – take benefit of this and move close stay 8 – 12 inches away , and try to open their mouth wide.  Pull out baby’s chin softly so that the babies will enhance their mouth opening skills consistently.

Flare out those lips: 

When latching, if your infant’s lips are not widened out, you will definitely get sore.  Try to pull the baby's lips out while the baby gets feed, this will make yourself more contented and will offer infant with more milk. 

Check out baby’s tongue:

When breastfeeding, your infant’s tongue should stick on over their lower gums, this will defend your nipple and aid with milk supply appropriately. While feeding, just pull the infant’s lower lip back, to see the tongue of the baby at the base of your breast. Or else, detach and re-latch with the baby's mouth wide open as this typically makes the tongue to drop in the right place. 


Sore Nipples

Generally, nobody wants to have pain and let us face it; nipple pain is really drastic. And usually, sore nipples signify that something is not going good.  No doubt, with a good latch, the pain will get reduced.  Will breastfeeding is 100% pain free?  Typically not, usually the tender skin, used often will be so sensitive. If you get sore nipples go with these useful tips:

  • Change your feeding position, generally this avoids the baby from putting more pressure on the same point of the nipple at each and every single feeding.
  • Gel pads and Nipple ointments will help you with healing process.
  • Have a gap after each breastfeeding, rub on the nipples and let them to air dry.
  • Placing some Ice cubes or heat on the nipples just before the feeding can ease out the pain.

Hope these tips can help you to have better breastfeeding experience for beginners. Enjoy your Motherhood!

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