Friday, 1 July 2011

Breast is best

Its was breastfeeding week so I thought I would share my experiences with you. After finding out I was pregnant I was determined to breastfeed after all breast is best as you always hear.

So why is breast best?

Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Exclusive breastfeeding (giving your baby breast milk only) is recommended for around the first six months (26 weeks) of your baby's life. After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside other food will help them continue to grow and develop.
Breast milk is different to formula milk as it contains antibodies that cannot be manufactured in formula. Antibodies help protect babies from infection and stimulate their immune system.

Breastfeeding is good for babies. Breastfed babies have:
  • less chance of diarrhea and vomiting and having to go to hospital as a result
  • fewer chest and ear infections and having to go to hospital as a result
  • less chance of being constipated
  • less likelihood of becoming obese and therefore developing type 2 diabetes and other illnesses later in life
  • less chance of developing eczema
Any amount of breastfeeding has a positive effect. The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits.

After a long and hard labour I struggled to get my son to latch on to my breast, I tried a number of times but I just couldn’t do it. I wish I had the confidence I have now to speak up and say I needed help but I didn’t. I only had one midwife show me once right after labour the process of latching on. There are so may resources now you can use to help with breastfeeding there are breastfeeding clinics, videos and links on the internet with help and advice too. Not being able too really deflated me and made me feel like a total failure was so guilty of not giving him the best start I could, because of how I felt I didn’t try again when I was home.

Here is some help links from the NHS Website

When I found out I was pregnant again I was determined not to breastfeed this time so I wouldn’t feel the way I did the last time I don’t think I could of coped with the disappointment I did last time!
After when she was born I had the urge to try and she latched on pretty straight away, I had a really fantastic midwife with showed and a number of times and I didn’t mind asking her questions I thought may be silly.

Here is a video off the SMA website.
how to breastfeed

 Top ten tips for Successful Breast feeding.

1. Begin to breastfeed as soon as possible after giving birth, and preferably within an hour.
2. Make sure the baby is latching on properly so that the baby is suckling on as much of the areola as possible.
3. Feed the baby whenever she seems hungry and nurse her until she is satisfied. This will help to increase your milk flow. Most newborns need to nurse every two to three hours.
4. Try different positions during breastfeeding so that you are as comfortable as possible. Use pillows to support your arms and bring the baby up closer to breastfeeding level, instead of leaning over the baby. Being able to relax is important for proper milk flow.
5. If you begin to experience pain during breastfeeding check to see that the baby is latching on properly, try switching positions and seek out advice from a nurse/midwife/HV. A bit of expressed breast milk can be rubbed on and around nipples to reduce temporary soreness. (Remember that many women have some soreness at the beginning, but this usually goes away within a few days.)
6. Burp your baby frequently during and after each feeding.
7. Do not give your baby a pacifier until your breastfeeding is well established.
8. Avoid supplementing the baby’s diet with water or formula unless there is a medical reason to do so. Your breast milk is all your baby needs for at least the first six months of life.
9. Take care of yourself by drinking plenty of fluids, eating nourishing foods and getting as much rest as possible. Eat a well-balanced diet, and avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can cause dehydration and be passed on to the baby.
10. If you need to return to work, make a plan in advance with your employer to establish a private, clean location where you can express your breast milk.
If I could give any advice to a new mom it would be don’t give up keep on trying and always ask for help if you need it there is so much for new mums now.

There are also fantastic products now from bracelets to help you to remember which breast baby was on last here are some gorgeous ones on

I also used a stunning necklace from Mama Jewels while breastfeeding here is my thoughts on it.

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