What I wish I’d known about breastfeeding…{And Medela Giveaway}

My personal experience of breastfeeding and tips on expressing.

Last month I was a asked by Medela to contribute to their #countto10 campaign, which aimed to give new mums a more realistic view of what to expect when breastfeeding. The idea was to provide a really honest picture and give advice to help mums prepare for breastfeeding.

Here are a few things I wish I’d known about breastfeeding…

Firstly, be prepared! Breastfeeding will (almost) certainly be more painful than you can imagine for the first few weeks.

Once your nipples are over the initial shock, the pain will go away and breastfeeding can become a truly lovely experience.

To help with the pain, numb your nipples with ice cubes before putting your baby on.

If your nipples are cracked and the pain is just too much (as it can be) express your milk for a few days, this will give your body (and nipples) a chance to recover. It’ll also keep your milk supply up and your little one is still getting ‘your milk’.

At the beginning (during the first week) skin to skin feeding will give you the best results. So stay in bed and enjoy the bonding experience. These sessions can be long so get the box sets at the ready!

Try lots of different positions until you find the one that feels right and comfortable for you and your baby. For me that was lying down (in the first few weeks).

Don’t feel like you have to wear a bra in the first few weeks. If your nipples are sore, simply wear a super loose t-shirt. This will help them breath and heal quicker. Also it’s far more comfortable!

If you’re having trouble feeding, make sure you ask for help. Don’t keep it all inside and just hope it’ll go away. Breastfeeding support groups and drop-in centres are invaluable.

Lastly, make sure you always have a large glass of water/ drink with you when you sit down to breastfeed. Feeding is thirsty work and you don’t want to become dehydrated.

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38 Comments

  1. Sue McCarthy
    September 19, 2016 / 5:48 am

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  2. Tracy Nixon
    September 19, 2016 / 6:02 am

    Babies always seem to nurse better when their feet are touching something, like your leg, the arm of the chair, or a pillow tucked next to you. It makes them feel more secure.

  3. Amanda
    September 19, 2016 / 7:39 am

    Always sit down make yourself comfy with the biggest glass of water you can find! 🙂

  4. emma walters
    September 19, 2016 / 8:15 am

    my little girl like to pull at my necklace so i bought a special baby safe necklace she can fiddle with. it seems to calm her too

  5. September 19, 2016 / 10:44 am

    I would also like to win this to donate to charity

  6. September 19, 2016 / 10:46 am

    Amazing tips here Heledd and ones I’ll definitely be coming back to read when baby no. 2 arrives in January. (All being well!) x

  7. lucy higgins
    September 19, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    i dont have any tips as i dont have any children of my own sadly but my twin sister is expecting at the moment so I have entered for her 🙂

  8. Samantha O'D
    September 19, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Always have something to nibble on when your feeding, I found it always made me feel hungry

  9. Dominique Cloutier
    September 19, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Nipple cream was a life saver for me! Helps ease the pain so much!

  10. Kim Styles
    September 19, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    dont panic if it doesnt work straight away -persevere

  11. abigail edkins
    September 19, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    defo nipple cream and express whilst in a warm bath

  12. Leanne Lunn
    September 19, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Relax and definitely purchase Lasinoh nipple cream it really helps.

  13. Claire Sutherland
    September 20, 2016 / 6:34 am

    Due our first baby in December and hope to breats feed so thanks for all the tips. I am open minded about it all. If it is not for me or baby then I am happy to move on to formula x

  14. Rachel Antill
    September 20, 2016 / 11:39 am

    I’m a bit worried about how painful it will be, especially as I’m already using the Lasinoh nipple cream to deal with dry/cracked skin.

  15. manda
    September 22, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Take your time. For me it worked out in the end, but i would say don’t feel bad if it isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. 😉

  16. Syd
    September 24, 2016 / 4:46 am

    Just searching for all the information I can find at this point about finding the right pump!

  17. sophie grayling
    September 24, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Definitely worried if its going to hurt!

  18. Georgie Garvey
    September 27, 2016 / 9:22 am

    My top tip would be to feed on demand and trust your baby!

  19. Frances Lauder
    September 30, 2016 / 11:29 am

    Don’t let the pressure get to you – it’s not good for you or baby!!

  20. janet matthews
    September 30, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    I would love to be able to give this to my daughter in law who is expecting her first child in a couple of weeks.

  21. Sarah Mackay
    October 1, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Concerned that between me and my lo due in November that things just won’t work out

  22. Fiona B
    October 1, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Babies feed a lot and have growth spurts – it’s normal – you are not running low on milk

  23. rebecca nisbet
    October 1, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    one thing i learnt was dont force them to feed, they will let you know when they are ready.

  24. Donna W
    October 1, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    I made the mistake of topping up feeds with formula when my baby was cluster feeding because I didn’t get any help or advice. After many weeks of beating myself up my supply dried up completely. My advice would be to get all the help you need if you have any problems and try to persevere through the tougher times, it is so worth it.
    I’m now pregnant again and will definitely be asking all the questions I need to this time around.

  25. Rich Tyler
    October 1, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    Try not to stress, it only makes things worse

  26. Tracey Belcher
    October 2, 2016 / 6:20 am

    Just try it – The first days are full of so much nourishment

  27. jessica cook
    October 2, 2016 / 8:13 am

    I think for me my tip is ask for help. I felt like giving up in the early days but with help and support it got easier every day

  28. Laura
    October 2, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Just keep trying and try to relax – relaxation is the key but easier said than done

  29. Jen Boucher
    October 2, 2016 / 9:30 am

    No tips myself, but others are very welcome!

  30. Jen Schofield
    October 2, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    Jut that it might hurt or I won’t be be to do it right

  31. gemma hendry
    October 2, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    relax and you will learn along with your baby and it will produce such a stron bond with your baby

  32. suzanne sendell
    October 2, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    No concerns at the moment,

  33. Katie skeoch
    October 2, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    Don’t listen to negative professionals, there are a few! Take it at your own & baby’s pace. You’ll know what’s right

  34. angela
    October 2, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    patience and don.t put yourself under pressure

  35. Kate Knight
    October 2, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    I’m concerned it will hurt and the baby won’t get enough milk

  36. Natalie Crossan
    October 2, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    Try to relax and i’d definitely recommend lanolin oil x

  37. Teresa sheldon
    October 2, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Listen to your own body and go with your instincts, don’t listen to other people’s ( all be it in good intent) old wives tales

  38. Em S
    October 2, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Take it easy and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.