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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