BreastFeeding Tips

The Emma-Jane twitter community of over 12,500 mums are an experienced bunch!  Between us we’ve got breastfeeding covered.  Our lovely mums have helped us compile a list of practical breastfeeding tips. If you would like to share anything you’ve learnt we’d love to hear from you @emmjanebras.  In the meantime over to the mums…

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  • The most important thing is don't feel guilty if it doesn't go perfectly!
  • Don't wait 6 weeks before giving expressed milk in bottle as HVs suggest. Usually results in refusal!
  • Lanolin cream and lots of it! I also used mybabasling while out and about for privacy.
  • Each breastfeeding is different even with siblings! Ask for real support if you need it (not just your mother in law ;-))
  • Forget the rules go with what feels good for you and baby
  • Drink loads of water it will keep your milk store up, keep you awake even in middle of night and
  • invest in a good decaf tea!
  • Get qualified #breastfeeding support if you need it. Offer the breast whenever baby cries, usually works. Feed feedfeed!
  • You need to give it time. 10 weeks makes a HUGE difference, it gets easier & it's sooooo worth it  #breastfeeding
  • Don't be ashamed. When your baby needs feeding, they need feeding. Feel confident & don't be made to feel guilty in public
  • 4 x #breastfeeding bras required – 1 on, 1 in the wash, 1 in the drawer and one for night’s out
  • Stay determined. It's a lot of work and it's SO worth it. For me, formula was a last resort.
  • Day1 – get your midwife to confirm baby is properly latched on so you know!  ALWAYS reattach if not on properly.
  • Don't quit on your worst day!! It's worth it and gets easier with time!!
  • Use a bracelet or clip to remind you which side to start feeding on
  • Feed until each breast is empty, the hind milk is the good stuff that fills them up.
  • Comfort, comfort, comfort!  @emmajanebras
  • Sleep when you can
  • Your baby eats what you eat – so do your best to eat a healthy, balanced diet.  It also means your baby is less likely to get diarrhea.
  • Try to avoid hot and spicy foods which can result in nappy rash and indigestion.
  • If your baby seems to be suffering from indigestion give brussel sprouts and cabbage a miss and see if that helps improve things. 
  • Get a bra that fits!  Badly fitted and tight bras can cause a plugged milk duct, which can be painful. #ouch
  • Eat regularly and drink plenty.
  • Enjoy it.  Breastfeeding is a very special time between mummy and baby!
  • Get comfy! 
  • A breastfeeding pillow is great especially in the early days.
  • Be prepared.  Water, Sofa, TV remote…oh and baby
  • A feeding chair for night time feeds as you’re less likely to fall asleep
  • Lansinoh, lansinoh and more lansinoh.
  • If it hurts, stop #breastfeeding
  • After a few weeks you can do it standing on your head with your eyes shut as will the baby #persevere
  • Do not beat yourself up about it if u can’t do it. How u feed ur baby is ur own choice #nopressureplease #personalchoice
  • Barracuda feeder feeds vigorously for ten to twenty minutes. Make sure they’re latched on properly
  • Excited Ineffective Goes wild at sight of breast grabs it loses it screams. Feed at the earliest sign of hunger.
  • Procrastinator: baby will wait for real milk, and pass on the colostrum.  Put to the breast every hour
  • A reliable sign of a well-breastfed baby is a bright-yellow, seedy poop – around day five.
  • Gourmet: doesn't like to be rushed.Grab a magazine and try to relax.
  • Rester: nurse a few minutes, rest a few minutesetc, undress so less cozy and more alert. Or play with her feet
  • Lying around with your baby is the most important thing you can be doing right now, so go with the flow and feel good about it.
  • Billy Goat: butts, tugs, and pummels you while she feeds. Consider expressing into a bottle for some feeds
  • Regurgitator: throws half of it back up on your shirt. This is hungry again. Take a break half way for 5 mins
  • Barnacle: nurses constantly, almost around the clock.Invest in Lansinoh to help soothe over-worked nipples
  • Sightseer: you'll be surprised by just how far your nipples can stretch. Feed somewhere quiet with minimal distraction.
  • Desserter: baby comes back for a couple more sips - for dessert. Offer baby the breast again after winding.