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.
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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.