Breastfeeding can be a subject about which new mothers have many questions, but one which leaves them too embarrassed to ask questions about. Because of this awkwardness, at times these little questions go unanswered, though often new moms discover that some of these questions represent common problems associated with nursing.
For instance, starting to nurse with flat or inverted nipples is difficult. One way to reduce this problem is to use a nipple shield or latch-assist device, which prevents the baby from being able to latch excessively and quickly draw out the nipple. An easier and less expensive option is to simply put something cold around the areola to naturally induce puckering.
Many new mothers also wonder if breastfeeding will help them lose their baby weight. The process of breastfeeding does not burn calories itself, but your body’s efforts in producing milk require a lot of energy from all the body systems. Breastfeeding burns calories in that it encourages your body to continue lactation and producing milk formula made up of powerful nutrients drawn from your own tissues.
After giving birth, contraceptive methods become more closely scrutinized by breastfeeding moms who are sexually active. Hormonal options for birth control are discouraged since anything nursing mothers consume will filter into the milk and into the baby. Milk production is active specifically because of post-partum hormone levels, and using forms of the pill will negatively affect results of the natural lactation process. Barrier methods such as condoms are the safest for moms and ultimately for their babies.
New mothers who have these and other questions, may find hundreds of sites and blogs online dedicated to nursing mothers and their babies. So, don’t let embarrassment or novelty discourage you from nursing your baby. There are answers just a click or two away!