Medela Mums Advice for What to Expect When Breastfeeding Your First Baby

Starting your breastfeeding journey can be daunting for pregnant women, so we asked our wonderful community of Medela Mums for their advice on what to expect when breastfeeding your first baby.

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Every breastfeeding journey is different, and no two experiences are the same. However, to help you prepare for what may be ahead when breastfeeding your first baby, we asked some of our lovely Medela mums to share their advice…

  • “Just go with it. Everyone is different and don’t be afraid to ask for help....no matter how silly you think it sounds.”
  • “It's not always easy and it can be very demanding of your time in those early months, but it is worth every second. Join breastfeeding groups/forums. They'll support you and remind you you're not going through it alone.”
  • “Feed everywhere and anywhere and in all different positions! My son got too used to one position and one cushion and whenever we went out, he wasn't willing to feed because it wasn't how he usually did it!”
  •  “Drink plenty of water and eat regularly.”
  • “You are not a failure. This is new for you and baby. Just relax. I had a really bad time at the start but my girl is one tomorrow and I'm still breastfeeding. No matter what you choose to do, you are still amazing.”
  • “It's all normal! Talk to your health visitor for support. I'm on my third breastfed baby and they've all been completely different experiences. It does get easier, but chocolate and cake help in the early days!”
  • “It's absolutely natural to be sat on your bum all day with the baby attached for the first 9 weeks! And it's ok to cry about it lots!”
  • “Don't freak out and think you aren't filling up baby’s tummy because baby is feeding every few hours. Remember baby might be thirsty or comfort feeding, and they only take what they need. Relax and go with it. Listen to baby and your instincts. It's hard work, but awesome.”
  • “Don't give up... and ask for help. Your baby will get there in the end! Don't be afraid to express your milk, I do it with my son and he is fine. You need to be able to do things as well for example housework, shopping or even going out for some adult time. Do what is right for you and your baby.” 
  • “Follow your baby’s lead they know what they are doing.”
  • “Cluster feeding is very normal. Don't stress the small stuff. Enjoy lots of cuddles and ask for help if you need it.”
  • “Persevere and surround yourself with supportive, positive people. The tough bits are short lived, and it definitely gets easier! Also ask for more help than you think you need, it will build your confidence, and people who love to breastfeed and support mums, love talking about it, so will enjoy supporting you.”
  • “Keep at it and don't doubt yourself you can do it they are getting enough! Relax and enjoy your little one, they're not little long.”
  • “Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.”
  • “Educate yourself on what's normal! I feel so many mothers give up because they don't know what to expect. Try and stick with it at least a couple of weeks. It gets easier and easier as you and baby both practice! But it is hard work.”
  • “Follow your instincts, they're an incredible thing.”

What advice would you give new mums about breastfeeding?

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