Running in Lavender’s Breastfeeding Tips #countto10
Our #countto10 campaign is about giving mums a more realistic picture of what to expect when it comes to breastfeeding. We hope that by providing truly honest information and advice from earlier on, mums will be able to prepare a bit better and know what to expect when it comes to nursing baby.
One of our lovely Medela Mums, Heledd, author of the fantastic blog, Running in Lavender, has kindly provided her #countto10 top tips for today’s blog post, offering some key advice and tips for new breastfeeding mums:
1) Be prepared! Breastfeeding will (almost) certainly be more painful than you can imagine for the first few weeks.
2) Once your nipples are over the initial shock, the pain will go away and breastfeeding is a truly lovely experience.
3) Try not to give-up too quickly, it’ll be worth it in the end.
4) To help with the pain, numb your nipples with ice cubes before putting your baby on.
5) 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.
6) 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 of being with your baby.
7) 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).
8) 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’ll help them breath and heal quicker. Also it’s far more comfortable!
9) If you’re having trouble feeding, make sure you ask for help. Don’t keep it all inside and hope it’ll get better soon.
10) Make sure you always have a large glass of water/ drink with you when you sit down to breastfeed.