My Breastfeeding Top Tips

I believe that a happy mother equals a happy baby no matter how she chooses to feed. I do however also believe that it’s important to keep raising awareness of breastfeeding for women who want to do it but don’t have the confidence. Only today I stumbled across a link to an article in a newspaper stating that more and more people believe breastfeeding is, wait for it, UN-NATURAL!

Then last night I read a Tweet by a middle aged man (old enough to know better) asking why it was never the ‘sexy and attractive women who breastfeed in public’. The replies (by women) adding to it that it was ‘disgusting’. It’s views like this that put a lot of women of breastfeeding their babies in public or at all and it really does make me so angry. How can people think it abnormal to feed your baby with the milk your body has made?

It just makes me so sad that the most natural thing in the world can be viewed as being the total opposite. All because of the sexualisation of the breast.

Anyway this is going to be a positive post so I won’t go into the negatives and will instead share with you my breastfeeding top tips.

This is my second time breastfeeding, I breastfed Cherry for 18 months (more on that later in the week) and because of that I had a better idea what to expect this time so here goes….

my breastfeeding top tips

During pregnancy build up a good collection of scarves. They are amazing when breastfeeding. They are fab for covering up when feeding as they are so lightweight, they are useful for mopping up milk spillage if you don’t have a muslin to hand and I also use mine to put on J as a lightweight blanket as it smells of me so he likes it.

Stock up on lots of maternity bras. It is fairly normal to leak a lot in those first few months and there is nothing worse than discovering all your bras are crusty (they do actually go crusty when the milk dries). Even if you don’t leak that much, you will probably find that sometimes your let down will be a bit fast for your baby and they will end up dribbling milk out the opposite side of their mouth during feeds which drenches through your bra / vest / top.

Buy a mattress protector. If your baby misses a feed in the night then it is fairly likely that you will wake up soaked in milk. My old mattress had a massive stain from where this had happened when Cherry was a baby.

Practice and find a way you can successfully get your boob out before feeding in public for the first time. I usually unclip my bra from the top, have a vest on top that I lift my boob over the top of then have another top that I lift up. This means that my tummy is covered, the top of my boob is covered and I then use my scarf to cover anything else until I feel comfortable. There is only a split second that you would be able to see my nipple and even then you would have to be staring which no-one should be doing anyway if they don’t want to see anyone breastfeeding. Here is a fab video from Blog of A Mum who shows exactly how to do it this way – http://www.blogofamom.com/blog/2013/06/08/how-to-breastfeed-discreetly/

Always have a drink to hand. Every time J latches on I get hit by an extreme feeling of thirst and I am still useless at remembering to get a drink before I sit down!

Have lots of snacks around. I get dizzy and shaky if I don’t eat regularly and with a baby it can be hard to prepare meals on time so sometimes you need to grab something. Obviously the healthier the better but some of my favourites are breadsticks and Philadelphia or cereal bars / flapjacks (oats are good for milk supply).

Watch out for tight tops cutting off part of your boob. I have suffered with a few blocked ducts this time and they are horrible, luckily I caught them early so they never turned into full on mastitis but I know that I bring it on myself from wearing tops that are too tight or from J not feeding properly in the night. If you do notice your boob feeling bruised and painful then have a hot bath and massage all around the painful area. Take some paracetamol and something hot on it. Obviously if it keeps getting worse then go to the doctor. I went to see my GP and he gave me a homeopathic remedy which worked really well and meant I didn’t have to take anti-biotics.

Be prepared to sit around, a lot. It can be hard to get much done, especially during those first few weeks or when they are having a growth spurt. If it’s your first then enjoy the time. Read books or watch films, or start a blog! That’s what I did. Second time round if you have a young child already then make sure you have something to keep them entertained at the same time. I actually love the fact that when Mr C is home I can get out of doing jobs because I need to sit down on the sofa and feed J!

Stock up on breastpads. Whether you are using washable ones or disposable ones, you will need a lot!

Always have a tube of Lanisoh to hand. I have read some articles saying that it’s not actually that good for various reasons but I always found it helped me no end when my nipples were cracked. It can stay on while your baby is feeding and gives relief for a long time so it is a pretty essential product in those first few weeks.

What is your breastfeeding top tip?

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for posting these brilliant tips! I’m 39 weeks pregnant with my first and plan on breast feeding but it’s the “what to wear” bit that I’m stuck with at the moment as that’s what is making me nervous about doing it in public. I’m not too bothered about disapproving eyes but certainly don’t want to look awkward or draw unnecessary attention to myself if I can help it. Using scarves & avoiding tight tops is something I never thought of so thank you!

  2. says

    Great tips (very similar to mine). It really is shocking how many people think it is unnatural, I get very nervous feeding infront of anyone other than my husband/mum unless I have a cover. Even then it is still obvious some people still feel uncomfortable.

  3. says

    Looove these tips. Especially the scarf one. I used to have lots of scarves too and cardigans. I also found the fenugreek really helped me so I bought it in spice form and used to put it in chicken a lot. Cake helped me too with shakes. (I just found eating a lot helped! :)). Excellent post.

  4. Tracy Hudson says

    I bought two feed me mummy vests which means I feel confident to breastfeed anywhere. Covers everything up nearly especially my mummy tummy. I just think to myself that it’s others that may have a problem not me and it’s natural. I never thought I would get this far breastfeeding but every day is so rewarding. I look at my little girl thriving and growing and makes me proud knowing I am doing that.

  5. says

    The only tip I have is to ask for help … I didn’t with my first and I gave up really quickly as a result. I truly believe if I had asked for more help from my health visitor I would have breastfeeding for longer.

  6. charlotte louise says

    my top tip would be to join an online or community group to meet or chat to other breastfeeding mums

  7. says

    Zurich is so breastfeeding friendly, I’ve no idea how I’d cope being back in the UK now. I’ve been breastfeeding in restaurants and the waiter/waitress has come to take my order and not even blinked. In one cafe, the waitress noticed I was breastfeeding and brought over a glass of water without even being asked. Really hope this campaign can help to improve things.

    • says

      Awful isn’t it?

      And it’s funny you should say that because I really want to train as one! I looked into it last year but no-one does it in my area. Once the kids are older I am definitely going to travel a bit further to train! xx
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  8. LucyBat says

    It hurts like hell but so worth it, keep going, the pain will stop, just be strong! After a few weeks it feels so nice and you won’t believe it used to hurt

  9. Donna McP says

    my top tip would be to get to your local support groups before baby arrives, meet the breastfeeding supporters and local breastfeeding mums. These people and their companionship, support, knowledge and experience will be so valuable to you, and its easier to go to them after baby is born if you have already met them

  10. sc2987 says

    I recommend a lactation consultant if you’re having problems nursing your newborn. Most HCPs don’t know much about breastfeeding, but LCs can diagnose tongue tie, help with latch, all sorts of things to help.

  11. Laura Moore says

    My top tip is to know what to expect. Before baby is born read up on normal newborn feeding behaviour and size of their tummies.

  12. says

    Some great tips, although I am firmly in the ‘if they look that’s their problem’ category so don’t bother with scarves etc. My top ttip would be to believe what you’re doing is best for your baby and crack on with it (no pun intended!) To get that confidence some concerted reading before babys born is well worth it. Any of the La Leche League books or Veronika Robinson’s “The Drinks are on Me!” are all fab.
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  13. Azelle says

    My top tip is to read as much as you can on breastfeeding, growth spurts and how tiny your newborn’s tummy is that way there will be no surprises when your baby is here :)

  14. Leanne says

    I have just been reading through your blog and you remind me so much of myself! I have a 7 month old son and a 25 month old daughter. I’m just leaving my job to become a SAHM too.

    My breastfeeding top tip would be to wear a vest under your top so you can discretely feed in public- one up and one down.

  15. Samantha says

    Lovely blog! My top tip is never let anyone question your milk supply, if your baby is producing plenty of wet and dirty nappies then your doing a good job :)

  16. says

    Firstly, I absolutely love the layout and design of your blog!
    Secondly, my top tip would definitely be to get a shawl, it was my life saver

  17. Samantha Bowes says

    Great tips. I would add to relax and enjoy. This is a tiny part of your childs life that will be over far too quickly. Soak it all up. If they’re anything like my children this will be the best time to get snuggly cuddles as they’re so happy and independent the rest of the time they’re too busy to give mummy snuggles!

  18. says

    Thanks for the post! One tip I found extremely useful was to try Coconut Oil instead of the lanolin cream. It’s a food, so safe for baby, and will keep you moisturized enough that you won’t crack. I would put it on after each feeding/pumping session an before jumping into the shower.

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