Hello Mums, if breastfeeding sometimes feels a bit of a struggle, these tips from MumAffairs mums will help:
- Try to offer your baby your breast as soon as you can after giving birth, even in the delivery room if this is possible. Even if you can’t lactate (produce milk), just keep letting your baby suck/latch on the breast.
- Limit the amount of visitors you have right after you give birth so there are enough opportunities for you to bond with and nurse your baby.
- Breastfeed for as long as necessary. Some newborns may need up to 45 minutes to complete a feed
- Try not to restrict the amount of time or frequency of breastfeeding
- If your nipples are sore or cracked, try a soothing ointment or balm. Make sure it’s non-toxic and specifically for breastfeeding mums. Some mums say that their own breast milk soothes sore nipples. So, you might want to try this too.
- Long before you start breastfeeding you should quit smoking, because it can make the milk taste bad for your baby
- Try to avoid underwire bra’s whilst breastfeeding as these can cause infections.
Breastfeeding is very important to for your baby’s health. It is also a very important part of the bonding process. If you are having difficulties with breastfeeding, talk to your nurse. They can work with you to solve your breastfeeding problems so you can enjoy this wonderful part of being a mother.