There’s no doubt that becoming a mom for the first time is something that will change you forever. It’s definitely one of the happiest moments in your life, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the easiest. That’s why influencer Emilia Taneva has put together three tips that every new mama should prepare for.

Breastfeeding as Early as Possible

Breast milk is ultimately the best source of nutrition for a newborn. It is packed with immune-boosting nutrients and can protect against infections and diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and asthma. For mothers, breastfeeding helps reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and speeds up recovery after delivery. Most hospitals have lactation consultants on staff who are always happy to teach you and your baby to latch. Don’t get discouraged and look for assistance if breastfeeding gets difficult or painful. Remember that some moms can’t breastfeed and don’t have enough supply. Supplementing or feeding with formula won’t make you a bad mother!

Take Care of Yourself & Research Breast Pumps and Products That Will Save You Time

Take care of yourself and sleep whenever you can. Nobody will judge you if your house doesn’t look perfect—household tasks can wait. Accept any help you can get for babysitting, cleaning, laundry, and cooking. Be kind to your body and don’t expect to get back in shape overnight. Drink at least eight glasses of water per day and eat healthy so you could feed your milk supply. Research some of the wireless breast pumps that fit in your nursing bra so you could pump hands and cord-free anywhere in any position while working on other tasks. If you have to go back to work immediately, make sure you create a pumping nest in your office with all the necessary things like hand sanitizer, breast pump sanitizer spray and wipes, breast milk cooler carrier bag, milk storage bottles and bags, breast pads.

Listen to Your Baby’s Cues

Babies will give different behaviors and tones of crying. Within the first few weeks, pay attention to those signals so you could easily decipher what it is your baby is trying to tell you. Cues for hunger such as fist sucking, lips smacking, restless acting, reaching with arms and legs start way before crying. When the baby wants to play, they will give engagement cues which might include eye contact and smile, babble or coo. If your baby is tired, they might turn their head away, squirm, yawn, wrinkle their forehead or frown. Responding to the baby’s signals will help regulate his emotions, develop a sense of trust, and prevent the full-throated wail.