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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Tips i found helpful for feeding

With my first baby i found that people were falling over themselves to give you advice and it became a little daunting. Breast feeding is difficult enough to start and i found all the information mind blowing. Luckily i had a lovely midwife looking after me in the post natal ward, and she was willing to spend time with me helping me master the right techniques. I found that having a dedicated midwife really helped. Initially i found it rather strange that people just grab hold of you and get you in position, being quite a private person i struggled a little with this it took time for me to overcome this.

My Little man had trouble feeding with his colic and reflux, and sometimes seeing him bringing all his milk back was hard. I was advised that breast milk would be better for him, i am glad i continued to feed him. Other people suggested it wasn't right for him but i new that this was the best start he could have.

Sometimes i expressed milk if i was going out, i personally was daunted by the thought of feeding in public. I would often get comments such as 'ooh look at that baby having formula' but i knew that it wasn't and that was good enough for me.

So in a nut shell (and i know everybody is different) but these are some tips that worked for me.

  1. Use the support of the hospital midwife, ask questions and get comfortable feeding before you come home
  2. There is lots of information out there sometimes conflicting, but stick to your guns (you soon start to know what is best for your baby- this surprised me)
  3. Be prepared you could be handled overcoming that was a big obstacle for me - i found it very strange but remember they have seen it before.
  4. Realise that people will offer advice, comment and make asumptions (often people you don't know) i used what was useful and ignored what wasn't!
  5. If you are struggling get support. Do what feels right for you and your baby
  6. Enjoy the experience
The Mamascarf is a stylish way of covering upwhen breast feeding in public.

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24 comments:

  1. /I don't think people should just resign themselves to being manhandled by midwives! It's very rarely necessary with someone who really knows what they're doing.

    There was a massive difference between the midwives I saw, and the lactation consultant who barely touched me in comparison, but helped the most.

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  2. Breastfeeding is not necessarily easy but when you succeed it is well worth the effort - it is the most amazing feeling in the world.

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  3. My top tip would be to find your local support/peer supporters/breastfeeding group before baby is born so you can get to know them, this makes it much easier to contact them after baby is born; faces to names and voices. Its good to know you have support from people who you know and are familiar with and that you trust.

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  4. Make sure you research how to breastfeed before baby arrives. It's not as easy as you would think, and I really wish I had done this before my son arrived

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  5. Make sure you are relaxed and don't get over anxious and flustered :)

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  6. Keep an open mind rather than having fixed ideas on how you will parent, babies have a way of turning everything on it's head. Go with the flow!

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  7. As a peer supporter, we aren't allowed to be 'hands on' as it were but there are still midwives who will are more physical which is not always a bad thing but they should be respectful and ensure they see you latch baby on yourself and build your confidence in doing so :)
    I'd say to pop along to your local breastfeeding support group when you are pregnant so it isn't too scary when baby arrives and you attend as soon as you can after birth just to get out of the house even if you don't have any problems.

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  8. Have a list of support contacts before you give birth just in case. I only started having problems in the middle of the night when my milk came in

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  9. My top tip is wear clothes that make you feel confident to breast feed in, I found it easier to lift my top up to feed, this time around I have brought three bras and I only wear two out because one has an awkward catch. You can also double layer your tops so you don't show your tummy in public when feeding. If you feel confident you will feed better, and remember like anything it takes perseverance and patience!

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  10. Great tips my advice would be to set yourself up somewere commfy with everything you are likely to need whilst feeding such as muslin, drink, snack and maybe the remote lol so its all to hand as you never know how long you will be feeding especially in the earlier days lol then you can just relax and enjoy :)

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