Top Breastfeeding Tips – Day 2 of the Scavenger hunt!

Top Tips to new and expecting mums

A fed constantly from pretty much day 1, my nipples were shred and at about week 5 I developed deep ductal thrush. It was pain and agony and every feed was a constant nightmare. After a trip to the drs and prescription written we soon combated it!
I was close to giving up! And the only thing that stopped me was I didn’t want fail! I felt I had failed my previous 2 by stopping so easily, so was determined to continue.

With Jack I stopped, I needed to attend a funeral and I didn’t want to take him, I did express but only managed a couple of ounces, so we tried formula. J loved it, well he seemed to, so much I stopped breastfeeding. With help and support and information made available I probably would of continued.

With Oliver I suffered post nasal drip. My nose was constantly running and constantly blocked. Every time I sneezed I felt terrible. Think of Hayfever and times it by 100. It was constant too from pretty much 6month pregnant. I went to the dr who told me I needed antihistamine but as they were not suitable for breastfeeding mothers I had to make a choice. I chose to take the drugs and to stop feeding.
With help and support, I soon realised I COULD of continued to feed, and still take medication!

With Arthur nothing is going to stop me!!!

  • Be prepared – Baby will be feeding little and often. You may find your nipples become cracked and sore, so lather up in lansinoh (a complete life saver!!) and Nipple shields.
  • LATCH!!! – This is in capitals as it is VERY important to try and get the latch sorted. Your baby has never breastfed before, and if you are a first time mum neither have you. You are both learning a brand new technique and unless you have had one to one demo you may not fully understand what it is your doing.

Top tips

1. Get comfortable First of all, make sure you’re comfortable yourself. Find a position both you and your baby are comfy in, whether it’s sitting upright in a chair, reclining or lying down. Use pillows if necessary.
2. Touch your baby’s top lip to your nipple If your baby is not already seeking out your breast, you can touch his top lip with your nipple. His ‘rooting’ instinct means he will lift his chin and open his mouth. He needs to be able to move his head back to get comfortably attached, which is why it isn’t a good idea to hold his head.
3. Make sure your baby’s mouth is wide open Wait for him to open his mouth as wide as a yawn. His mouth needs to be open wide enough to take in both your nipple and plenty of breast. As soon as your baby’s jaw drops and his mouth is wide enough, bring your baby to your breast – draw his entire body closer so he gets a good mouthful of breast. Your nipple will enter the top of your baby’s mouth, not the middle, helping him feed effectively.
4. Keep practicing It may take several attempts to get your baby attached correctly – and that means comfortably for both of you. Your nipple needs to be at the back of your baby’s mouth so that it isn’t squashed. If you wish, support your breast gently from below, using the flat of your hand. It is important not to press or squeeze the delicate breast tissue as this could cause bruising or a blocked milk duct. – See more at: http://www.madeformums.com/baby/national-childbirth-trust-guide-to-breastfeeding/20954.html#sthash.0BynAH24.dpuf

You can also,

  • Pillows/extra support – Use support pillows such as V-Cushion or similar to help position baby on to the breast.
  • Get comfy – Drinks, snacks and mags for the feeds. Some babies can feed for anywhere between 5 minutes-1 hour. So gather everything together. You lips may become dry and need a drink so try and make sure you at least have a drink.
  • Diet – your diet plays an important role in breastfeeding. Baby takes away your nutrients so you need to make sure you replenish them. Eat little and often 🙂
  • Feeding should NOT hurt, it may be sore and in the early days I found the soreness did wear off after at least 30 seconds, but a continuous pain may mean you need to re-latch.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help, make sure you conquer the latch whilst in hospital. If you are worried or nervous that would be the time to ask for it. Make sure you have numbers and contacts of a breastfeeding support councillor, or your local La Leche League support/ NCT breastfeeding peer supporter.

 

 

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. 21st June 2014 / 2:20 pm

    My tip would be to find out about groups and breastfeeding support in your area so you know where to go for support and meet other breastfeeding mothers

  2. 21st June 2014 / 2:22 pm

    I bought a Snoob – a stylish and 'chic' scarf and breastfeeding cover in one. It was great for breastfeeding in public and gave me and my baby privacy.

  3. 21st June 2014 / 3:56 pm

    my sister said, just take your time and buy one of them shawls to cover yourself when out for privacy

  4. 21st June 2014 / 4:27 pm

    My tip is not to be bullied out of it. Stand firm in your decision because not everyone will agree that breast is best

  5. 21st June 2014 / 9:53 pm

    Try not to stress over it. If you manage, you manage, if you don't it doesn't make you a bad mother!

  6. 21st June 2014 / 10:01 pm

    Relax if you are calm baby will feel relaxed also

    Lynsey Buchanna

  7. 22nd June 2014 / 6:16 am

    Try not to doubt yourself. Cluster feeding doesn't mean you don't have enough milk.

  8. 22nd June 2014 / 3:04 pm

    Relax, and remember it is ok to find it difficult!

  9. 22nd June 2014 / 8:26 pm

    persevere & watch out for tonguetie

  10. 22nd June 2014 / 9:21 pm

    My top tip would be: be confident, smile at anyone having a nosey and find somewhere comfy to sit as you may be there a while!

  11. 22nd June 2014 / 10:01 pm

    Keep calm and relaxed

  12. 23rd June 2014 / 10:15 am

    Get prepared before the baby is born, e.g. get a sling and lactation consultant's details etc.

  13. 24th June 2014 / 10:44 am

    Educate yourself before you have your baby so that you're prepared.

  14. 24th June 2014 / 5:52 pm

    dont be afraid to ask for advice and help if you need it

  15. 26th June 2014 / 9:09 pm

    Buy yourself some good nursing bras

  16. 29th June 2014 / 10:24 am

    Relax and if needed, don't be afraid to ask for help and if you can't get it, demand it! Find out where your locale bf clinic is and speak to your hv x

    (Pia S)

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