With a brand new great nephew born into the family this month we also gained a brand new breastfeeding mum.
As I oohhe’d and ahhhed and had special Auntie Katie snuggles with the teeny one and one of his big brothers, who has just found himself ousted from the spot as baby of the family. I found myself sharing breastfeeding tips, advice and titbits (no pun intended!) of informatiion. Don’t worry it wasn’t unsolicited advice!
I’ve thought of a few extra bits since so here are my:
1. No matter where you are never, ever ask permission to feed your baby. You would never consider asking if it was okay to bottle feed. It’s all milk, it just comes out of a slightly different container 😉 Remember you have a right to feed your baby anywhere you are legally allowed to be!
2. Never ask if anyone minds if you breastfeed because the chances are someone will decide they do mind! If you don’t ask they probably will never even notice (unless you sit right in front of them) and if they do, well they have the right to leave if it bothers them that much!
3. Drink plenty of water. You will get extra thirsty, especially about 5 minutes after you sit down to feed! Invest in some sports bottles that you can keep in the fridge so you can just grab one before a feed, I also recommend keeping one next to where you usually sit in case you forget!
4. Snack often. During the day you might feel like you are tied to the sofa permanently with continuous feedings. If you are at home alone you might find you have gone all day and not even had breakfast yet! Make sure you have plenty of snacks at hand (where you sit to feed-next to your drink!) so at least you can nourish yourself too!
5. Keep growth spurts in mind. Once you seem to have settled into a feeding routine don’t be surprised if your usually contented, two hourly feeder suddenly turns into a booby monster who wants to feed and feed, and feed some more. They are more than likely going through a growth spurt and need all the extra calories you can give. But don’t give in and think they need a bottle, it will settle down again within a few days.
6. If you are concerned about modesty use the ‘two top method’. When I’m breastfeeding I always wear one tight fitted strappy vest top that is stretchy enough to pull down under my boob, then a looser top that will comfortably pull up over the top and won’t be constricting over babies face. This method means you won’t be baring your boob or belly to the world and you don’t need to worry about using a nursing cover.
7. Use a baby carrier. Of course this isn’t just limited to breastfed babies, I personally think all babies and parents benefit hugely from babywearing and the bond it helps develop. But for a breastfeeding pair it means, with possibly a little adjustment, that baby can be snuggled close with mum, have instant booby access, and mum gets to carry on with whatever she was doing, be it household chores or walking around the shops! Try and get an ergonomic carrier as they are much better for babies hips, and the grownups backs than most high street carriers. A stretchy warp is just perfect for the early weeks.
8. Invest in good breastpads. This is one area that I really didn’t mind spending money. Personally I used Tommy Tippee ones as I found they were shaped nicely and didn’t show through my clothes as much as some cheaper brands. I also got slightly less leaking, although lets be honest even a bath towel wouldn’t help some days!
9. Invest in good nursing bras. What with all the leaking milk and baby sick, you will likely be washing your nursing bras a fair amount! If you purchase three decent ones you can wear one, one washing and have one ready in an emergency. But also bear in mind that your boobs will change size so you might need to invest in some bigger ones in a few months time.
10. Lanolin. To save your nipples from becoming sore and cracked I always recommend pure lanolin. No nipple cream, even those containing lanolin, can compare to the protective and soothing properties of pure lanolin. It can be costly, but you only need a tiny amount at a time so one tube will last a long time!
and last but probably most importantly:
11. Savour and enjoy every moment! Whether you breastfeed for three days or three years, that last feed is often unexpected, a little upsetting and can leave you feeling lost afterwards. Make sure you take the time to enjoy this special period, doing the one thing that only you as a mum can do for your baby.
Is there anything else you would add to this list of breastfeeding tips?
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