Tips and tricks for breastfeeding success

Nursing your newborn may come with a few bumps in the road, but these quick strategies will help smooth things over.

Assume the position. As tiny as she is, your baby can quickly become a pain in your neck, back and biceps if not properly supported during feedings. Finding a relaxed (preferably cushioned) position will help you stay comfortable throughout her meal until the last drop. Pillows will be your best friend, and they even make specialty ones designed for the best breastfeeding posture.

Clear the way. Have you ever wondered why babies always seem to have a stuffy nose? It’s because infants are obligate nose breathers, meaning they can’t breathe through their mouths for the first few months of life. Their immature nasal passages are easily irritated, so it’s best to leave them alone and use a cool-mist humidifier, like this one from Crane, to keep her airway clear and moist. This will help her to breathe easily while nursing, and it provides a nice atmosphere for your designated nursing space.

Keep things close. Nothing disrupts your wee one’s mealtime like realizing you’re too cold and need a blanket, or extremely thirsty and need some water. Setting up a quiet place where things are easily reachable is key, so you can keep your drink on a side table or quickly grab a burp cloth from a nearby basket. We are also fans of surrounding your space in neutral colors and soft textures. This will help you find your Zen, which is important for feedings since stress can make milk letdowns difficult.

This post was made in partnership with Crane, a line of quality air purifiers helping you sweet bundle breathe better, so you two can share a meal.

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