- Skin to skin contact with your baby is important immediately after birth. Try to keep it up as much as possible for the first 2 weeks.
- Baby led feeding – Feed your baby as often as they want. If not at least every 3-4 hours for the first 2 weeks, even if this means waking them. Although it can be tiring, you are building the foundations of a good milk supply for your baby.
- Getting your baby latched on to your breast correctly is very important. If your finding breastfeeding tricky, don’t worry, it’s something you and your baby have to learn together and this can take time. Ask for help if you are finding it painful or worried your baby isn’t getting enough milk.
- Make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed when feeding your baby, have your phone, t.v remote, a glass of water , muslin and anything else you might need to hand . Once you have baby latched on correctly you don’t want to have to keep getting up to get things.
- White cabbage leaves placed over your breasts inside your bra, can help with engorged and painful breasts. Try expressing too if you are producing too much mik.
- A warm flannel or a hot bath can help with the getting your milk flowing.
- If your breasts are very painful , red and you feel unwell seek medical advice. You may have an infection called Mastitis which can easily be treated.
For more information:
- NHS – Breastfeeding Tips
- National Breastfeeding Helpline – 0300 100 0212