1. Breastfeed as soon as possible after delivery
Skin to skin touch contact helps stimulate the release of hormones to support breastfeeding and mothering. Attach baby to the breast as soon as you can after delivery and even though baby may not latch on and feed straight away it will help encourage and develop those sucking reflexes. Whilst also stimulating your milk supply.
2. Have water on hand
The oxytocin that your body releases during breastfeeding is responsible for triggering your thirst. This is your body’s natural way of ensuring that you are getting enough water to make breast milk so make sure you have plenty on hand.
3. Sit comfortably
Find a comfortable chair or sofa to sit in with a good size breastfeeding pillow. The Dream Geni pillow will sit comfortably around your tummy area, giving you a good level of comfort, support for baby and height for you to feed.
4. Buy a supportive nursing bra and pads
It is important that you feel comfortable and properly supported. Bravado offer a range of non wired options. Good absorbent breastpads will be easy to take in and out and will be able to soak up any leakages.
5. Practice till you find a good latch.
Practice different positions and if need be ask for help. Your nipples will become sore if baby is not latched on correctly and you may feel a slight pain when you start to feed but this will settle down. Babies have an inborn rooting reflex and you will be amazed how quickly they start to feed once attached correctly.
The nipple should come straight into your baby’s mouth, the baby’s lips should be slightly flared and as much of the baby’s mouth as possible should enclose the areola. To allow effective feeding to remember tummy to mummy and nose to nipple when bringing baby in towards the breast.
6. Feed often
Prolactin is a hormone that stimulates milk production. The more you feed, the more milk you will produce. You may find in the first 8 weeks that baby feeds often and this is perfectly normal. Don’t worry about feeding when you are out and about, plenty of practice and you will find the confidence to feed anywhere.
7. Enjoy the calm
Try and enjoy the quiet time whilst feeding. It is a great time to bond and spend together. Baby will love the closeness and warmth of being together. Stress can reduce your milk supply so try to switch off and avoid any distractions.
8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
It can be hard to establish breastfeeding or comfortable positions or it may be incredibly easy for you but if you need any help or have any questions please reach out for help. La Leche League is a great support group for breastfeeding women or alternatively your health visitor should be able to help.
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