5 tips for breastfeeding

April 12, 2016

Breastfeeding is a skill and it takes practice to get good at it. Here are some tips to help you out if you're struggling:

  1. Sit comfortably. Prop up your back with supporting cushions and try not to slouch forwards towards your baby. Instead, bring your baby up towards your breast so that you don't develop back pain.
  2. Feel for a good latch. Breastfeeding shouldn't hurt. If it does it't likely that your baby hasn't latched onto your breast properly and therefore isn't accessing your milk. You should feel a mild tug at the breast but nothing more. Try taking your baby off the breast and re-latching to ensure that your newborn is getting milk and you're not in pain. You may need to put your little finger in the corner of your baby's mouth to release a tight latch. Pulling your baby straight off can feel painful in the early stages.
  3. Try different positions. There are lots of different breastfeeding positions that you can try to see which works best for you, such as the football hold or the lying down method. Lying down is particularly useful  if you've had lots of stitches and can't sit for long periods of time.
  4. Drink some water. You'll be giving lots of milk to your baby at each feed so you need to hydrate yourself too with lots of water or other cold drinks. Tea is good too but just make sure that you don't drink anything hot it over your baby in case it spills.
  5. Keep trying. This can be hard when breastfeeding is hurting your nipples and making them feel sore and painful. One way to reduce the pain is to use a soothing nipple cream that instantly relieves discomfort and aids healing. Mama's Calming Nipple Balm is vegan-friendly too, which means it's free from animal products like lanolin (derived from sheep) that often appears in other nipple lotions found on the highstreet.

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