KBBF2013 – Top Breastfeeding Tips You Should All Know

Your boobie will become her best friend
Your boobie will become her best friend
Everyone needs tips. Tips help people that are struggling with something, try something a little different that they never even thought of. I've compiled my top 10 tips;

1) Wind Your Baby
I had never actually properly breastfed P1, so this time it was all new. I asked the nurses what I should be doing and they very clearly said I didn't need to wind P2 because babies do not take in any air when latched properly. Well they were wrong. Right from the start P2 kept bringing up milk, so I decided to ignore their "professional" advice and wind her, she burped so much and was much more settled because of it.

2) Get Breast Pads
I started out with disposable breast pads but then I found washable ones and seriously they are so much easier plus it saves a lot of money in the long run.

3) Make Sure You Have A Tube Of Nipple Cream
Lansinoh saved my nipples. Within the first few days they became cracked and sore, if you're pregnant make sure you buy some before the baby is born even if you think you won't need it. It's painful having to wait to get some!

4) Buy A Breastfeeding Scarf
I was really scared about breastfeeding in public. My MiL thankfully found me a breastfeeding scarf and I'm so grateful for it. It really helped to make me feel more comfortable about breastfeeding in public. I'm more comfortable about not using it now, but I'll still get it if I'm in a restaurant or the situation needs it - for other people to feel less uncomfortable, not me.
My amazing breastfeeding scarf
My amazing breastfeeding scarf
5) Get An Electric Breast Pump
We made the huge mistake in getting a manual breast pump. We didn't think I'd need to express as I was quite reluctant to breastfeed. But now, P2 is older so I want to start getting some time out and it takes absolutely ages to express. They are expensive but definitely worth it if you plan to breastfeed for a long time.

6) Have A Drink & Snack In Reachable Distance
I'm always really thirsty when I feed, sometimes I'm hungry and it's horrible when I forget to grab a drink and I'm alone. Plus, keeping your fluids up helps milk supply.

7) Don't Worry If You Feel Like You Are Eating Lots
Naturally, breastfeeding burns calories, so you are going to be hungry. Don't feel like you should be dieting, you don't and it's the worst time to. Your baby needs you to eat. I eat everything! My portions are huge and I've started to exercise little and often just to keep the "weight" off, I'm not even bothering to watch what I eat at the moment.

8) Take A Snack To Bed
Trust me, waking up makes you hungry. Breastfeeding makes you hungry. Add them both together and it's a horrible sight. Always take something small and easily digested to bed with you. I sometimes sneak a biscuit or two, its not a healthy option but its a quick nibble for those midnight wake up calls.

9) Be Flexible
Sometimes you are just going to have to feed your baby whenever or wherever you are. Even if it seems like you only fed a few minutes ago, you may even realise what it's like to be a cow. Feed on demand.

10) Enjoy Yourself
That's my biggest tip. Remember you are doing the absolute best for your baby and that's an amazing thing. Enjoy every feed, enjoy that sleepy baby hanging off your nipple and enjoy having big-ger boobies!

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29 comments

  1. My tip would be to have a babymoon: take baby to bed in a nappy and go topless. Give him free access to the boob and plenty of skin to skin.

  2. Take each day as it comes, its easy to become overwhelmed, especially in the first few days

  3. My top tip would be don’t think logically think baby! Babies don’t know the natural rythmn of things. They may have just spent 1 hour guzzling down milk but it is possible they will be hungry 5 mins later. Breastmilk is amazing and knows what your baby needs when they need it so listen to your baby and your body and you’ll not go far wrong!

  4. what i like most: it is natural and the best food for your baby. What i like the least: it takes a long time

  5. top tip: don’t be intimidated to breastfeed in public

  6. My top tip is to never let anyone question your milk supply, if your baby is producing plenty of wet and dirty nappies then your doing a good job 🙂

  7. My top tip is if you haven’t got a nursing top then a cheap vest top under a t’shirt works well as you can lift the tshirt up and pull the vest top down so you can still stay covered up 🙂

  8. My top tip would be to forget about timings, housework, irrelevant things in life, and just get on with bonding with and feeding your baby.

  9. My top tip would be to do some reading before baby comes and find out what normal newborn feeding is like and how small their tummies are.

  10. Alexandra willetts

    Relax and enjoy x

  11. 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

  12. I love breast feeding my 7 month old little boy I love everything about it the only thing I don’t like is him turning his head to look at something interesting with my nipple still in his mouth! Ouch!

  13. I wear a nursing top from h and m they make feeding on the go easy!

  14. I breastfed and ended up liking it quite a lot. i just wish I had had more supply

  15. My advise is to relax, take a deep breath and trust your instincts

  16. just keep at it you child will leech on eventually x

  17. Agree with all the above, also be proud of yourself, you just did something amazing – you made a baby!

  18. I love bfeeding, my tip would be to ignore negativity! you are doing the best for your baby!

  19. It’s all about the special moments Breastfeeding creates between you and your baby! It’s just magical :),

  20. My tip would be the same as Hanneke just said, if you struggle get some proper support. I think i would have managed a lot better with my 1st if i did that, as it was – i last only 3 weeks with him

  21. My advice would be to just relax… Breastfeeding can become a stressful experience (especially if you let others interfere too much) – Breastfeeding is a special and unique experience between you and baby. Try to remember why you’re doing it and most importantly: PERSEVERE! It takes time! 🙂

  22. Hanneke Legerstee

    If you struggle for whatever reason, find support and help, La Leche League is great, or visit a breastfeeding clinic. It will be worth it!!

  23. fab tips there.

  24. Great post. I love your scarf, I was given a plain black one, looks boring compared to yours but does the job. Like you I wouldn’t be without it in my changing bag. My changing bag always has snacks and water in it and I take a glass to bed now as well.

  25. Have a drink handy at night too. Just enjoy being with your baby!

  26. I think my top tip would be to not to look at a clock in the night or to count how often u feed. Just go for it and feed as needed

  27. Lovely post, really helpful. My top tip would be if baby needs boob then boob her, don’t worry about where you are or what people are thinking, baby comes first.

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