The Importance of Lactation Support in the Early Stages of Breastfeeding

For new mums navigating the first few weeks of breastfeeding, lactation support and advice from other mums and experts in the field is absolutely vital. Their confidence and knowledge can reassure you when things are going well and help you to know when you should seek further help and support. We’ve put together some advice which should offer a further guide below.

The world of breastfeeding can be a daunting prospect for new mums, so one of our experts here at Medela has put together some lactation support and advice to best help women who have questions about what to expect in those first few weeks of your breastfeeding journey.

The most common issue that mothers seek help with when it comes to breastfeeding is the perception of having a low supply. Many new breastfeeding mums are unsure about what to expect and tend to compare themselves to peers and online mum forums.

If baby has lost more than 10% of their birthweight within the first two weeks of their life, health professionals will intervene to ensure that feeding is going well and baby is latching on, they will also look for feeding with active bursts of sucking and swallowing breast milk, check that the baby is not jaundiced, their nappy is wet and soiled with mustard coloured stools. They will ask about the frequency and duration of the feeds.

The world of breastfeeding can be a daunting prospect for new mums, so one of our experts here at Medela has put together some lactation support and advice to best help women who have questions about what to expect in those first few weeks of your breastfeeding journey.

The most common issue that mothers seek help with when it comes to breastfeeding is the perception of having a low supply. Many new breastfeeding mums are unsure about what to expect and tend to compare themselves to peers and online mum forums.

If baby has lost more than 10% of their birthweight within the first two weeks of their life, health professionals will intervene to ensure that feeding is going well and baby is latching on, they will also look for feeding with active bursts of sucking and swallowing breast milk, check that the baby is not jaundiced, their nappy is wet and soiled with mustard coloured stools. They will ask about the frequency and duration of the feeds.