I wish I knew...
We often find that when we hear from mums there is always something they wish they knew before starting their breastfeeding journey. Although being the most natural thing in the world, it is not always as easy to do as it looks so we thought the best way to help all mums-to-be who are considering breast feeding would be to get some tips from mums who have or are currently breastfeeding their little ones.
We asked our mums “From your experience, what do you wish you knew about breastfeeding before starting your journey?” We had an absolutely amazing response and are delighted to include some of our favourite tips from our wonderful community of mums below. We hope you find them helpful and enjoy reading them.
“That it does hurt and you have to remember why you are doing it as one day both you and baby suddenly click and it no longer hurts, it becomes natural but you both have to work at it.”
“That to begin with your boobs don’t feel full and your baby gets the tiniest amounts ever, but that’s OK, and that colostrum is doing an amazing job – it’s all your baby needs!”
“That nipple shields are ok to use.”
“That it can take weeks and weeks before baby gets the hang of it!”
“To ask for help and don’t give up. Once you’ve got it its lovely and creates the most amazing bond with baby. Those little eyes looking up at you so happy and relaxed – the best feeling ever!”
“Lock the door and concentrate on breastfeeding for the first 2 weeks! Constant visitors can be a nightmare when trying to learn to breastfeed!”
“That if your boobs are too full it’s hard for baby to latch on. Express a little to make it easier for baby. Don’t give up too early, it can be painful but it will ease. And most of all enjoy bonding with baby.”
“I wish someone had warned me about the whole ‘milk coming in thing’. I just assumed milk would be there from the go and never did I realise how painful and uncomfortable it would be when my milk came in. My breasts were hard and painful for about 5 days! But I’m still breastfeeding at 7.5 months and am so glad I persevered.”
“That every baby is different and can feed what feels like 100 times a day and still be normal! I was clock watching too much with my 1st thinking she couldn’t possibly be hungry as I only fed her 1/2 hour ago! Thankfully I’m now feeding my 3rd and he just has it whenever and wherever he wants!”
“That it can be the most painful yet wonderful thing you will ever do. Nobody told me how hard it can be, or how much you are man handled in hospital to ensure your baby gets a good latch. The thing that got me through? Asking and asking and asking for help. I did and finally a tongue tie was diagnosed 4 weeks in. 6 months later, I’m still feeding, pain free, and I just love it. Nothing can compare to those quiet moments when your baby is feeding and you just gaze and gaze into one another’s eyes. It is magical.”
“That it is hard! And takes a lot of support and perseverance to keep with it.”
“I wish I knew how amazing breast feeding was. Before I had my baby I knew that ‘breast was best ‘ and saw it as a way of feeding but didn’t know just how special the experience of breast feeding was. Nothing in this world can compare to the overwhelming love and happiness that comes with breastfeeding. It’s not easy at first, it’s tough and feeding in public takes some confidence, especially with the media frenzy surrounding the subject (ridiculous). I have only ever experienced positive comments and smiles. It truly is the most wonderful bond between a mother and baby.”
“Tongue tie goes massively undiagnosed and really affects a baby’s ability to feed. Worth checking it out if you have any doubts – it saved our breast feeding journey from ending early.”
“How difficult it would be to stop!”
Remember if you have any breastfeeding questions you can pop along to our online support services. We hold a weekly Drop-in-Clinic and monthly Pregnancy Hour and Breastfeeding Café on our Facebook page, pop by and our lactation consultant, Sioned will be on hand to help.