I recently did a vlog on breastfeeding with tips specifically for new mums starting their breastfeeding journey. I remember when I gave birth and started my breastfeeding journey how little support I was offered. I felt like a fish out of water and sometimes felt like I was failing. Although thoughts of doubt kept creeping in my mind I didn’t give up. I didn’t want to but I remember the tears, the pain, and I remember how very hard it was at the beginning, In terms of the pain. I would be in tears for the first few nights from the exhaustion and pain I felt. But I was determined and it was so worth it.
So I wanted to tell you, don’t give up, you can do it. I have put together some tips for you if you are a new mum starting your breastfeeding journey or a second or third time mum that has decided to give breastfeeding a go and need some tips or need a reminder.
I would just like to let you know first that you won’t regret it. If you really want to do it you should because it is a wonderful experience.
Here is my vlog if you would like to watch:
Breastfeeding tips discussed in vlog:
- Demand feed and don’t worry about a routine.
- Co-sleep if you want to.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Lots of skin to skin.
- Get the latch right.
Photos by Carla Jupp Photography
I also joined a breastfeeding group on Facebook and it was one of my main forms of support. I only joined when I was pregnant with my second but the support was invaluable. I asked some of the mums from the group for their support and wise words to add to my blog post.
I would like to say thank you so much to the ladies who gave advice it most definitely was invaluable to me when having my son, and I hope that it will help new mums too, who need some advice from experienced breastfeeding mums.
1. “Join a breastfeeding group (on Facebook) because when it comes to ‘professionals’ the support and knowledge just isn’t there more often then not.”
2. “Watch your baby’s feeding quest not a clock, feed on demand. Never doubt yourself or your milk supply, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
3. “Never think your milk is not enough!! And don’t be afraid to take baby off the boob and rematch as this will prevent problems in the long run.”
4. “Also cluster feeding, lots of woman assume they don’t have enough milk, what they need to know is that it is normal and it is baby’s way of upping a mothers milk supply.”
5. “If your baby is having a hunger strike don’t automatically supplement with formula, as it will decrease milk supply, especially at the beginning when your breasts are trying to establish a good supply for baby. Just continue to offer the breast until little one is back to nursing.”
6. “Try not to offer a dummy or a bottle and try not to express in the first 6 weeks, that way you have a good feeding connection and can establish a good milk supply too.”
7. “A hunger strike can begin around three months old and onwards. It could be because of a type of perfume or scent mum is wearing and usually only lasts a few days, some babies do and some don’t have hunger strikes. Some mothers can make the mistake a hunger strike is a child trying to wean.”
8. “Always follow your instincts. Your breasts are rivers not lakes they never run out. You are producing enough milk! Baby is much more effective at getting milk then you are so do not panic if you don’t get much out of expressing. Use the flip technique. Stay calm as baby can sense your mood. Food before one is just for fun. You don’t need to give baby water as breastmilk adapts to baby’s needs.”
9. “Don’t let anyone else tell you what you can and cant do you are doing the best for your baby.”
10. “Feed for as long as you like. It is the most natural thing in the world it can never be wrong.”
11. “Follow your babies lead always. Trust your body and go with the flow (pardon the pun!!).”
12. “There can be a serious amount of pain, especially for first time breastfeeders. I honestly thought something was wrong, but it was just my body adapting to it.”
13. “Breastfeeding is a lot of work, more then I ever thought it would be.”
14. “Happy baby, happy mummy. Do what works for you. Eat properly and drink plenty. Yes it is demanding, but breast is best. Don’t put pressure on yourself.”
15. “Someone compared her being on my breast for ten minutes to tn minutes of bottle feeding formula and said she might not be getting enough milk thats why she feeds every hour or so and much more frequently. BUT, ten minutes on the breast is completely normal. Try not to listen to negative comments and always follow your instincts as mum.”
16. “Breastfeeding is a journey worth taking, a milk so pure it can not be duplicated. A baby only has three demands, food, warmth and comfort and breastfeeding provides all three. You baby and your breasts are perfectly matched, follow your babies lead and never put too much pressure on yourself. Breastmilk is also easily digested so feed on demand and expect cluster feedings. Babies can also reverse cycle feed but enjoy the extra mummy cuddles and embrace the breastfeeding bond while they still want booby.”
Thank you to all the mums who took the time to offer their advice. And thank you for taking the time to read this post. Please do let me know if you found it helpful. And/or if you would like to see more posts like this.
Sometimes we all need a little support and advice when we feel vulnerable or new to something. I hope I can offer you something that I missed out on with my first. And good luck on your breastfeeding journey I hope it brings you much joy and happiness as it did me.
Please leave a comment if you have any more advice or anything to say on the subject.