Some top tips for those of you who want to breastfeed.
Skin to Skin contact
This is an excellent way to bond with your baby straight after birth, but it can also help as positive aid for breastfeeding. It helps your baby locate your nipple so that they know where to feed, keep them calm and also help you to get your body to keep producing milk.
Make sure you are comfortable
Make sure your sat in a comfortable position as you may be sat there for a while and it may be difficult to reposition yourself. You can buy some really good breastfeeding cushions which help support your baby and yourself.
Have a small plate of biscuits or other snacks nearby. You burn around 300-500 calories a day from breastfeeding alone. Keeping your sugar levels up is important as you’ll still need energy for the rest of the days activities…plus a nice cheeky snack should never be turned down!
If you’re a mum who doesn’t feel comfortable breastfeeding in public, then find somewhere that is suitably private for you. You don’t have to bundle yourself away in the shadows. If at a friend or family members house, excuse your self to bedroom so you can feed in comfort or if in your own home, have a little area juts for you and your baby.
You can always invest in some shawls to cover yourself a bit more if you find that easier. They don’t restrict your baby’s feeding and can really add some comfort so you don’t feel excluded from a group. Have a shop around and see what suits your needs.
Hope this helps a bit. I personally did not breastfeed so if you have any trouble, ask you health visitor for some extra support.
Until next time…