My top tips for breastfeeding

I have reached 3 months of exclusively breastfeeding Edith. I'm so chuffed that I made it this far, so I thought I would write a post on some of my top tips.

I'm going to start this post off by saying that I am by no means an expert when it comes to breastfeeding, so this is purely based on my own experience.
However, since the first time I breastfed Edith, I knew I was going to love it. So, I thought I would put together some tips.



Ask for help

Breastfeeding can be daunting, especially if it's your first time. I had been in recovery for 10 minutes before I was asked if I wanted to try and latch Edith on. Of course, I said 'yes'. Although, I had no clue on what to do or what position to try with her. As I'd had a c-section, I was recommended the 'rugby hold' to prevent any pressure from being placed on my recovering tummy. 

I was obviously clueless on what the 'rugby hold' was. I had a fantastic team of midwives that supported me through my time in hospital. One night, Edith was so upset and would not settle on the boob. It turns out that I'd had the latch wrong. Something I wouldn't have found out had I not asked. So, always ask if you're unsure because there is no shame in it!

'Rugby hold'
Relax

If you are feeling relaxed, then your baby will feel relaxed. Breastfeeding can make you feel flustered, especially if baby is not latching properly. I know I certainly felt like that, especially if Edith would keep crying. If this happens, break the latch by placing your finger inside the side of their mouth and try again. Breastfeeding is a learning curve, and it can take time.

Latching on

If you've read my previous post, you'll see that my breastfeeding journey did not start off great. Unfortunately, my nipples paid the price for a poor latch, which resulted in lots of bleeding and them becoming cracked. So latch is key!

If you're struggling to correct a poor latch, there's lots of help out there. So again, don't be afraid to ask. Ask your Health Visitor or visit a local breastfeeding group where you can be given some support.

Public feeding

Miss wanted feeding after shopping!
Breastfeeding in public can be a nerve racking experience, especially the first time. I was really nervous to begin with, and it initially filled me with dread. That was until I actually did it. Now, it's become second nature

Once I've got myself ready to feed Edith, then she becomes the only one that I notice in my surroundings. I don't bother looking around to see if anyone is looking. She is my sole focus. As long as she is fed, that's all that matters. I'm sure I've had some strange looks, but I can't say that I let them put me off. 

When you're feeding in public, I would recommend having a muslin square within reach as, if you're like me, then it can get a bit messy with the let down!

Feeding in the park

Family space

If you're not keen on feeding in public, which not everyone is (and that's ok!), then have a look out for some family feeding rooms. As much as I'm not bothered about feeding in public, sometimes it's nice to sit somewhere quiet without the hustle and bustle. 

In our nearest shopping centre, there is a designated family room that has space for feeding, changing and bottle making. The music is soft and the environment is very relaxed. I enjoy popping up there when Edith needs a feed, as it gets us away from the crowds. Many baby suppliers have rooms like these, where you can sit quietly and feed, so have a look when you're out and about.

The family room
Keep hydrated

Lastly, make sure you keep hydrated. Your milk has to come from somewhere, and breastfeeding is thirsty work. 
I always have a *face palm* moment when I realise that I've run out of water and Edith is feeding. So, before you start a feed, make sure you have a drink (and maybe a snack!) to hand, just in case.  

What are some of your tips for breastfeeding? 

Thanks, lovelies.

A.x



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