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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about six months. The benefits of breastfeeding range from prevention of childhood obesity to decreased risk of infection, SIDS, and allergies.
Nursing your baby is no easy feat. Following are the breastfeeding tips you will need during breastfeeding your infant :
1) Consider talking to a nursing expert before you have the baby. 
2) If you have a friend who's nursing, ask if you can watch
3) Rooming in the baby with the mother soon after birth  will help you bond with your baby, learn feeding cues, and better establish breastfeeding
4) Try to nurse within the first hour after delivery.  It may seem like you're producing very little at first – maybe just a few drops of colostrum – but a 1- or 2-day-old baby's stomach is only the size of a marble.
5) Babies always seem to nurse better when their feet are touching something, like your leg, the arm of the chair, or a pillow tucked next to you. It makes them feel more secure.
6) Make sure that your baby's stomach is touching yours, so she doesn't have to turn her head to latch. And point your nipple at her nose, not at her mouth, so she'll lift her head up, open her mouth wide, and latch on deeply.
7) If you're breastfeeding sitting upright, bring your baby to your breast once his mouth is completely open. Press between his shoulders firmly to bring him to you, while you support your breast. 
8) Don't push the back of your baby's head. "That triggers his instinct to resist and chomp down. Instead, put your hands at the nape of your baby's neck, and bring him swiftly to your breast
9) You can leave your baby on the first breast until she comes off on her own and then offer the second breast. Don't count minutes. It's typical for some babies to take one breast at some feedings and both breasts at some
10) The AAP recommends delaying the pacifier for the first month because it can suppress hunger cues and steal time from the breast during a critical period. After that, offering a pacifier shouldn't hurt.
11) Lie on your side. "It lets you rest your shoulders and lower back if you tend to hunch over, and it's good for moms who've had a C-section, who have carpal tunnel syndrome, or who are just exhausted. 
12) If your infant keeps falling asleep on your breast, try tickling the bottom of his feet, stroking him under the chin, or touching him with a wet washcloth
13) Pay attention to your diet. You'll need even more calories when breastfeeding than while pregnant— about 300 more per day than in the last trimester. But don't go overboard; three well-balanced meals a day plus healthful snacks should cover it.
14) Use water-based hydrogel pads or apply enough purified lanolin or organic coconut oil to keep nipples moist between feedings.
Look at your baby, not at the scale. "I've seen so many moms whose baby looks healthy, nurses well, and meets milestones, but they've lost confidence in breastfeeding because their doctor told them that their baby's weight was not on the charts. If you received a lot of IV fluids during labor, your baby could be artificially 'heavier' at birth. If he has low weight gain, but he's smiling, his linear growth and head circumference and neurological development are notably okay, I'd get a second opinion before giving formula !
Dr Yasir Wani 
Consultant Pediatrician and Neonatologist
Kashmir health services

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