Making Breastfeeding Easier
Allah has stated the child’s right to be breastfed in Surat al- Baqarah “The mothers shall give suck to their children for two whole years, (that is) for those (parents) who desire to complete the term of suckling” [al-Baqarah 2:233]
Today modern research shows that Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Breast feeding in Islam is a right of the new born on his/her mother. Hence if you decide to breast feed your child, first make DUA to Allah (sbt) and make the intention that you are doing it to full fil it to gain His reward. Inshallah this will enable you to breast feed easily and enable your child to receive all the benefits of breast feeding as well.
For new mom’s its sometimes difficult to decide whether to breastfeed the baby or not. It also is a lifestyle change, with a few hickups in the beginning. Sometimes the baby may easily latch on and sometimes it takes a few tricks. All of this just means that you need a bit of help from your husband, nurse pr support structures – including these helpful must have products.
Here are some products that will definitely ease the breastfeeding, allow you to do more, and provide you with the comfort that you definitely need as a new mom!
Consult your lactation consultant or doctor if you are unsure if these will help.
There are numerous pumps in the market. However Medela brand is one of the most recommended. Hand pump or electric it all depends on how much you want to spend. Electric pumps are designed for moms who pump several times a day, these daily-use breast pump offer portable convenience for quiet, discreet pumping anywhere. It is definitely for those who will continue to feed their baby breast milk for a longer period and more frequently. It is worth the investment on your self. Dads, please don’t be frugal on this one! The manual pumps are intended for occasional use and offers a lightweight, portable pumping solution.
Using a Lansinoh will help take some of the ouch out of nursing. Also, applying Lansinoh will help the nipples heal faster, and since there are no preservatives or additives in it, you don’t have to wash it off before putting your baby back on the breast.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter – EarthMamaAngelBaby.com
Prevent painful cracking by smoothing on a nipple moisturizer. It’s made from all-natural ingredients that are safe for baby to ingest, so you don’t have to wipe it off before a feeding
This is the must-have cushion! Helps you against hunching when you nurse and helps support the baby at the same time. It can be used around the waist while nursing or can also be used as a place to rest your baby.
KoalaKin Hands-Free Nursing Pouch http://koalakin.com/
The KoalaKin nursing pouch makes breastfeeding that much easier. The strap supports baby so that you don’t have to cradle her. And when you switch sides, simply adjust the shoulder buckles with a click.
Allows mom to feed in privacy & in style, anytime, anywhere. This is really helpful if you are shy feeding outside, at a friends place, at the doctor place etc. This gives additional cover – even if you are in a nursing room! or try UndercoverMama.com
Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads
To avoid embarrassing wet spot on your shirt by using nursing pads in your bra to absorb any leakage. Disposable Nursing Pads from Lansinoh absorb milk so that you can stay dry day or night. Liquid is turned into a gel, so that these thin little pads can retain leakage.
Sometimes it seems that your body’s not making enough milk, talk to your doctor or a lactation consultant about ways to build up your supply. You can also try the herbal supplement fenugreek, which some moms say can stimulate milk production. Make sure that what you get is Halal, so you have to shop around a little bit.
Milk Trays or Breast milk Storage Bags
These are super handy, no matter how crazy they look. You fill the trays with expressed breast milk, freeze, and then use as many one-ounce sticks as you need to fill a bottle. Alternatively you can use disposable storage bags that you can freeze you milk supply so that you can use it either when you are traveling, at work, or when your supply starts to diminish. Thing about how much and longer you want to nurse your baby and save accordingly.
Please share your experience with nursing and what made it easy or difficult!