Helping Breastfeeding Mothers with #countto10
We are delighted to launch #countto10 this week, a brand new campaign aimed at supporting all mums-to-be and breastfeeding mothers by providing a more realistic picture of what to expect when it comes to breastfeeding.
The new campaign supported by celebrities, journalists and some of the UK’s most influential mummy bloggers follows a recent survey commissioned by Medela, and completed by almost 2,000 mums. The survey found that 70% of mums wish they had been given a clearer and more realistic picture of what to expect when breastfeeding. Addressing this common concern, #countto10 will encourage everyone from mums through to health visitors to share honest advice, information and top tips from early on, to not only help prepare new mums for breastfeeding but even prolong their feeding journeys.
The positive, fun and engaging new campaign was inspired by our lovely PR Manager, Lisa who was advised to count to ten to tackle the initial pain of breastfeeding, an invaluable piece of advice which helped her enormously throughout her feeding journey which you can read about here. Sharing these important tips is at the heart of #countto10 and we’re thrilled to kick start the campaign with the first 10 #counto10 moments from some fabulous, well-known breastfeeding mothers you might recognise:
- I wish I’d have known that it would take time and patience to get it right. It took eight weeks for me to stop having to squeeze my buttcheeks together every time my son latched on, but then suddenly it all fell into place, we both knew what we were doing, and it became effortless.
Giovanna Fletcher, Author and wife of McFly Frontman, Tom Fletcher
- I wish that midwives and NCT would stop saying 'If breastfeeding hurts you're doing it wrong,' as I, and nearly every mother I know, found that it does hurt at first, even when you're doing it right! It wouldn't have put me off to know this, but it would have been better to be warned (also I wouldn't have panicked that I was doing it wrong, when I wasn't). Women still opt for natural births, knowing that labour will hurt, so it's unnecessary and patronising to presume they won't try to breastfeed if they're warned it will hurt at first.
Francesca Hornak, journalist and author of Worry With Mother: 101 Neuroses for the Modern Mama
- Though it is the most natural thing in the world, it's not the easiest and, like everything, takes time to learn and perfect. Your baby has to learn to latch, learn to suck and your body has to adjust. Expect pain, expect moments where you think you can't do this. Know that you can and ask for support and help. Don't be afraid to say if you feel it really isn't the best thing for you and your baby but don't give in if you don't want to.
Harriet Shearsmith, Parenting Blogger and Medela Mum at Toby and Roo
- If there is anything I learnt about breastfeeding that I wish I knew before I had my 1st baby it's the fact that milk can take more than 2-3 days to come in.
Sandra, Parenting Blogger and Medela Mum at The Black Pearl
- "The sleep deprivation will probably be worse than you ever imagined and at times it may feel like actual torture. Waking every 90 minutes or so all through the night to feed is immensely tough. But it is important to know that it won't last forever and just when you think you can't take it anymore things will get better. Once your baby is able to soothe itself to sleep around 6 months old your world will change completely. Hang on in there."
Dr Lily Canter – Freelance Family and Consumer Journalist, Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University
- Breastfeeding has been harder for me than the labour, yet I had no idea this would be the case. Learn how to get a good latch and don't be afraid to take baby off if the latch is painful. If at first you don't succeed try try try again. Once it settles down the quiet moments in the middle of the night make it all worthwhile. P.S keep a cabbage in the fridge and get a good nipple cream!
Izzy Judd, Musician wife of McFly Drummer, Harry Judd
- "My experience of breastfeeding my two children are quite different, whilst I’ve been able to breastfeed them both, with my son it was a huge struggle and quite an emotional time. If I had one piece of advice is would be not to be ashamed of asking for help. I felt like I was letting myself and my baby down by admitting how much I was struggling and although it eventually became easier I would have benefited greatly (and sooner) by asking for help from a lactation consultant or breastfeeding group."
Fritha, Parenting Blogger and Medela Mum at Tiger Lilly Quinn
- "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. 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. Once you’re nipples are over the initial shock, the pain will go away and breastfeeding is a truly lovely experience."
Heledd, Parenting Blogger and Medela Mum at Running in Lavender
- “I wish I had known about the immense pain of the first few days of feeding leading onto the immense pleasure! Pleasure like I have never known in my life. It created such a bond with my boy. I even get jealous when I see mothers still feeding.” Claire Sweeney, Actress
- "Whilst I struggled with breastfeeding and ended up expressing for 6 months, on reflection, I truly believe that with the right support from the right people around you and much self belief and inner strength, breastfeeding is possible and once it clicks, which it so often does, you'll never look back".
Nicola Bon, Smooth FM Radio Presenter and Journalist