Having breastfed all 5 of my children, I have, over time picked up a few hints and tips to make breastfeeding easier and less stressful for myself and mine and my baby’s breastfeeding journey to go smoothly.
Let me share them with you
I found that night time feeds were a lot more easier when my babies were close by. I co-slept with all my boys, but current guidelines recommend that the best put baby to sleep in their own sleeping space. Such as a moses basket, crib or cot. You can now get “co sleeping cribs” which safely secures to your bed. It is the perfect way to keep baby close by.[amazon_link asins=’B0171X7Z8I,B00I2T7XLK,B07CPXZD7W,B00BY2WVKU,B07CV7Y83B’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’thismummyrocks-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’9a8b1d8d-9446-11e8-9eb6-a9d9ab597475′]
Expressing breast milk has many benefits, including;
- stimulating your milk supply
- creating an emergency stash and storing it in your fridge or freezer (see storage guidelines), allowing others to feed baby
- helping clear blocked milk ducts and mastitis
There are so many breast pumps on the market. It can be overwhelming. Over the years I have used both manual and electric breast pumps by various brands such as Avent, Tommee Tippee and Medela. Personally, I think it is down to personal choice. The purpose of the breast pumping and the budget you have. Here are some that I recommend[amazon_link asins=’B01D5N9S7E,B008HQU0JK,B01NAGDV68,B001HMU86Q,B00AK84IKK,B00AK84IMI,B007ZPFO6S,B000LPZTQY,B011K7V3BQ’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’thismummyrocks-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’3bb761ec-9448-11e8-a1ba-6b44c7719f36′]
Breast milk storage
As I mentioned above, pumping breast milk has it’s benefits. But, what do you store it in?![amazon_link asins=’B0037XQT7A,B075R5DQ5R,B0085QD6MU,B00S5T5DLO,B003447J1W’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’thismummyrocks-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’7af5b830-9448-11e8-bf7e-8b2e8845946b’]
Your breasts will no doubt leak milk from time to time. I found breast pads invaluable. A must! I preferred using reusable breast pads they could be washed and reused. But you can also get disposables.[amazon_link asins=’B01LJ2KLWY,B00NGBAHZS,B01619099U’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’thismummyrocks-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’045e4365-9449-11e8-bad6-7358e1638f78′]
You will find that you will feel more thirsty as you breastfeed. Its your bodies way of telling you to take care of yourself and to keep hydrated. I found it useful to have a sports bottle close by instead of a glass or cup. A sports bottle can come to bed with you, on the sofa, in a changing bag and in the car.[amazon_link asins=’B01MU5YPGI,B002NPC0WQ,B073S4F3C8,B072KH4V1W,B013GGPQ80′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’thismummyrocks-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’b7dfc8d3-9449-11e8-a638-a5a0bf343044′]
Keep Yourself Entertained
During the first few weeks and especially during growth spurts you are going to find yourself sat or laid down feeding your baby for anything from 5 minutes to 2 hours (or longer) at a time. You need to stay alert and entertained because you won’t be going very far.
- Read a book or magazine
- Have a phone or tablet close by to have a nosey on social media
- Subscribe to YouTube and watch your favourite YouTubers or tutorials
- Subscribe to NowTV or Netflix and find a series or movies to watch.
I absolutely love muslin clothes. The can be used for so many things. But when it comes to breastfeeding they can be used as
- Burp cloth to catch baby vom when winding baby. Unfortunately, It is unavoidable
- Breastfeeding cover, to cover yourself over if you’re feeling vulnerable while feeding
- Light weight cover
Keeping track of babies feeds can be hard and confusing. I found that using a safety pin or something similar on my bra, to determine which side my baby was to feed from first on their next feed. I would also use the notes app in my phone to track time of feed, the length of feed and what side they were to feed from next time. You can also get a variety of apps that help you track feeds, sleeps and nappies.
Over The Shoulder Boulder Holder
I strongly advise that you get a good fitting breastfeeding bra. Your breasts are going to increase in size and you will need and appreciate the extra support. Breastfeeding bras are specially designed to allow you to breastfeed with ease.
For breastfeeding bras I personally recommend
I highly recommend that you invest in some breastfeeding friendly clothes. These clothes look like ‘normal’ clothes, but allow you and your baby to have easy access to your breasts when it comes to feeding time.
My favourite places to shop for breastfeeding friendly clothes are…
Click the links to go straight to their maternity and nursing sections.
Stock up on snacks that can be eaten with one hand. Breastfeeding is hungry work! With your body burning an extra 300-500 calories per day. Make yourself a box of grab-able snacks such as
- cereal bars
Vitamins and Supplements
I highly recommend that you take a vitamin supplement while breastfeeding to ensure that you are taking care of yourself and giving your body what it needs.[amazon_link asins=’B001FFH4E4,B009DGO1TS,B002F5EUQ8′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’thismummyrocks-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’554c7322-9453-11e8-a9a8-1dd172882565′]