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Breastfeeding Tips For New Mums


Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby. It is a fascinating bond between mother and baby however it does come with a few negatives along the way. Here are some of my top breastfeeding tips that I have to share with you from my experience.

Take a breastfeeding class before your baby arrives 
I actually didn't take any antenatal classes but it would have been interesting to do so. I would recommend taking some breastfeeding support classes if you are thinking of breastfeeding when baby is born. 

Nurse on demand

Breastfed babies don't need a routine, they feed when they like as this is the best way to keep your supply up. The more you let your baby nurse, the more milk you will produce. It can be time consuming but it is essential to keep your supply going. Breastmilk digests more quickly and completely than formula milk. Therefore breastfed babies need to nurse more frequently to stay hydrated and feel satisfied. 

Stay hydrated

Breastfeeding is thirsty work, you get dehydrated quickly so it's always a good idea to drink plenty of water! Also you need to have a good diet in order to keep your supply up. Eat healthy and avoid certain foods too.

Find support in other breastfeeding women

Chat to close friends who breastfeed, find advice from other breastfeeding mums in online groups and websites. Facebook also have many support groups which are fantastic especially if you are struggling in you first few weeks. It's great to speak with other mums in the same position as you.

Don't be afraid to breastfeed in public

Your baby may be fussy and you feel embarrassed to feed in public, get over that fear! Your baby needs feeding and once they are happily on the boob they will stop fussing and most likely go to sleep. After all you will only be drawing more attention to yourselves if they are screaming the place down! Don't feel like you have to go and hide, breastfeed with pride! Even if that is with a nursing cover. 

Invest in a good bra

Ensuring you have a well fitted nursing bra will make the world of difference to you breasts. Your bra size will change plenty times before, during and after nursing. Don't purchase too many bras in one go, just get a couple of good fitted ones which are stretchy to accommodate these changes in your breast size and shape.

Look after your nipples

Don't let them get to the point that they are bleeding. Breastfeeding can be very harsh on your nipples especially the first few weeks or months. It does get easier so don't worry and you will soon have no problem! Go and buy some lanolin cream...NOW! It also doubles as an amazing lip balm for cracked lips. 

Get comfy 

Set up a breastfeeding station, you may be restricted to the sofa for a couple of hours especially if your baby falls asleep whilst feeding. You may get peckish and dehydrated, it's always good to have some snacks and drinks on standby. I also always had my phone and TV remote at the ready too! You will also need to learn how to multi-task if you aren't very good at doing so already.

Lastly always do what you feel is best for you and your baby. Find out what works for you and enjoy this special bonding time with your baby.

Do you have any tips to share with any new mums from your experience?

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23 comments

  1. Some great tips! Can I recommend your local La Leche League for breastfeeding support too - they're the experts (more so than midwives) and available on the phone 24/7 too.

    My best tip, for sore nipples, count to 10 after the initial latch - if its still sore, unlatch and try again, as it means the latch hasn't been 100%. Otherwise if the pain improves, carry on, as it means its just the initial sensitivity.

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  2. Great tips! I am all for breastfeeding. I am still breastfeeding Emma and she is about to be 15 months. I absolutely love it.

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  3. Thank you for this post providing some great tips! I am expecting my second daughter in 7 weeks and have booked in for a Breastfeeding Class I breast and bottle fed my first daughter but only for a short while but with my next I would like to just breastfeed for as long as possible!
    What I did find great for sore nipples was the Lansinoh Cream it was a god send!

    http://emilysmummyandbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. I don't have any tips, I want to try and breastfeed my baby, so thanks for the tips!

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  5. I'm here in search of tips - thank you!

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  6. Feed on Demand. Cluster feeds in evenings can be hard but use it as an excuse to sit on sofa for the evening or go to bed together and enjoy cuddles together

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  7. Always be comfortable and have everything you need to hand. I away have bottle of water and the telly remote

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  8. I don't have tips and came here to read all about them as I intend to breast feed our first born who is due in November.

    I am liking the feed on demand tip.

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  9. In my head I was going "yes! Yes!" at every point! Skin-to-skin is a good tip and eating oats helps supply xx

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  10. Skin to skin to start with, porridge and in an emergency, powerade, to boost supply

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  11. Great tips lovely, its such a wonderful thing to do if you can get over the hurdles. Was nice to meet you very very briefly at Britmums, would have been nicer to chat for longer. x

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  12. my top tip would be to get to your local support groups before baby arrives, meet the breastfeeding supporters and local breastfeeding mums. These people and their companionship, support, knowledge and experience will be so valuable to you, and its easier to go to them after baby is born if you have already met them

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  13. Great tips, I think it is so important for mums to be to know just how time consuming it can be. I don't think a lot of people realise just how often newborns can need feeding and it can make them feel like something is wrong. Second time round I just enjoy the time to sit and relax, apart from when I have a toddler chucking things at my head that is! x

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  14. Find out what to expect regarding normal newborn feeding behaviours and stomach size.

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  15. relax and enjoy bteastfeeding. Dont take it as a task !!!

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  16. 10% of babies are tongue tied so get a lactation consultant to have a look if your baby is having problems feeding. Most midwives/doctors won't diagnose it (especially posterior ties).

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  17. my top tip is always have a glass of water to hand. Breastfeeding is thirsty work

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  18. Cluster feeding is normal especially in the evenings...just go with the flow, have snacks and dvds ready to watch and relax. Don't feed by the clock.

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  19. My top tip is never let anyone let you question your milk supply, if your baby is producing plenty of wet and dirty nappies then your doing a good job :)

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  20. My top tip is not to be afraid of co-sleeping, especially in the early days - just follow your instincts and the saftey guidelines. It makes the night feeds so much easier, you both get more sleep and it helped my milk supply too.

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  21. Relax & don't get stressed if it doesn't seem to work the way "the books" say it will!

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  22. Be realaxed ,calm and comfortable.

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  23. Enjoy every minute of it. Relax. Relaxing means it'll be easier to produce milmk and you'll enjoy it much more if you allow yourself to enjoy sitting feeding for as long as it takes.

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