Breastfeeding a newborn baby can be a fiddly business. They’re so fragile and delicate and quite frankly the whole experience can be overwhelming for a number of reasons, especially with all those hormones. These breastfeeding tips will help get you started with a successful feeding journey.
Things don’t always go smoothly at the start of breastfeeding, and not because anyone is doing anything wrong, just because you’re learning. You’re both learning and breastfeeding can take a little practise no matter how natural it is.
Here’s some breastfeeding advice that I’ve learnt from my 3 babies that will help any new Mum and baby get in the swing of things. Breastfeeding does get easier, I promise you!
10 Breastfeeding Tips For New Mums
1. Get Some Breastfeeding Advice
If your having trouble with breastfeeding, you’re experiencing a lot of pain or you have any concerns get advice from your midwife, breastfeeding advisor or local breastfeeding support groups. Getting someone to watch you feed can often provide the key to what adjustment you might need to make to get things going in the right direction.
2. Get Baby In A Straight Line
When you begin your feed make sure you’re holding baby in a straight line so their head and neck isn’t twisted. It makes feeding so much easier for you and your little one.
3. Skin to Skin
If baby is fussing and struggling to latch, strip them down to the nappy and make give them complete contact with your skin. Your going to have to be completely topless. I tried skin to skin by just opening my PJ shirt, and it didn’t work as baby was still in contact with the sleeves. As soon as I took it off completely she latched beautifully.
4. If Breastfeeding Hurts
If breastfeeding starts to hurt, break the latch and start again. Keep doing it until it feels comfortable. This is easier said than done in the middle of the night, but it will save cracked nipples in the long run.
Get a tube! Use it! If you’ve already got cracked nipples then apply it and if you can, go topless and those nipples will soon heel.
6. Early Breastfeeding Signs
As soon as your baby starts to look for food, offer him the breast. When they have woken up and they start ‘rooting’ is perfect. Do not wait for them to cry, as it will make breastfeeding more stressful for both of you.
7. Get Comfy
With a small baby having cushions for support can be really helpful for getting the correct feeding position. You can use a nursing pillow or a ‘v’ pillow, to help support you and baby as you could be sat there for a while.
8. Drink and Eat Plenty
You need to look after yourself while you are breastfeeding. Do not underestimate how much extra your body needs to feed a baby and nourish yourself. Make sure you have plenty of water especially otherwise you might experience a little constipation (speaks the voice of experience!).
9. Open Mouth
I really felt like feeding a newborn was like playing the 2p machines at the fair. Your waiting for the right moment to slot that nipple in to get a good feed going. The mouth needs to be wide, and when it is the nipple needs a gentle shove into the mouth so you can get the nipple into the soft palette where it won’t hurt, rub or crack the nipple. This could take a few attempts. But don’t worry, you and baby will get it!
10. Get Your Feeding Station Ready!
Get your drinks, snacks, TV remotes and box sets ready for some long feeding sessions. It will make the whole experience so much more enjoyable if you have everything you need and you can catch up on your favourite shows while baby is breastfeeding.
How did you find those early days of feeding? Do you have any breastfeeding tips for new Mums?