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Breastfeeding Tips For First Time Mums
Are you planning on breastfeeding, but you're unsure of what to expect?
Here are seven breastfeeding tips for first time mums:
NB: For mums who canít breastfeed, choose not to breast feed or need to supplement with formula, Mothered will have a article on this topic soon.
1. Nursing pillows are the best
I foolishly thought any old pillow would do when I couldn't find one at my local store, but I then purchased one a few months later and it made a world of difference!
My biggest advice to you ladies is to have one from the beginning.
2. Nipple shields have multiple purposes
They aren't just wonderful for protecting against pain, but they also aid in attachment.
They come in different sizes and I recommend† buying one before bub is born if you plan to breastfeed, just in case bub has trouble latching.
3. Make yourself comfortable
Breastfeeding chairs are great. You want to have everything within arms reach for when your new born bub wants to cluster feed and you're sitting down for long periods of time.
Keep a bottle of water on hand to keep hydrated, as well as the TV remote, snacks and your phone charger, and get nice and cosy.
4. Don't hesitate to seek help from a lactation consultant
Correct positioning and attachment is important. Breastfeeding should only hurt initially when you are getting used to it and then it should be fine after that.
If bub is having trouble feeding and you can't work out why, there could be an underlying issue such as a tongue tie that aren't isn't initially obvious.
5. Educate yourself on common breastfeeding myths and misconceptions
There are a lot out there and you don't want something untrue to hinder your breastfeeding journey, such as supplementing breastfeeding with formula.
6. Read up on cluster feeding
This along with learning your bub's feeding cues will be extremely helpful.
7. Relax and feel proud of yourself
Breastfeeding is a wonderful, but challenging journey and you're doing a fantastic job mama!
Do you have any tips we can include? Let us know!
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