World breastfeeding week – It’s totally a thing! Read more about it here… It runs from the 1st – 7th August, 2016.
“The World Breastfeeding Week 2016 theme is about how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share.”
All that aside. I’m all for breastfeeding if you can do it. As a new mum there are a few things you need to know.
- You need to learn how to do it, so expect the midwifes at the hospital to grab your boobs and help the baby latch on.
- It may hurt. Think about if some one took a freshly sharpened pencil and rammed it through your nipple. Yup – ouch.
- If the baby is not latching correctly, your nipples may crack and bleed.
- It just doesn’t work for some people and that’s ok too, just feed your baby. As a side note on this – if you can breastfeed and someone else can’t, no judgement please. I have girlfriends who were gutted they couldn’t and tried everything they could and for what ever reason, it just didn’t work and that’s ok.
- There are brilliant products available and support centres to help you give it a red hot go, use them!
The Australian Breastfeeding Association has a wealth of knowledge and a membership system that is awesome, it’s worth spending some time reading through the website and consider becoming a member.
A dear friend of mine gave me a boob pack for my baby shower, I didn’t appreciate just how good that was until 2 days after bub arrived and was so thankful that she’s got me organised ahead of time…
Here’s what she included in the new mum “boob care kit” ….
There are a load available – Lansinoh which you can get from the chemist or organic nipple balms that don’t contain as many chemicals. Have a read and choose which you like best, but get one – you’re nips will thank you
You don’t know how much your boobs will leak until you’re calling for help for someone to pass a tissue. You can get disposable breast pads or washable pads. Again, it’s all personal preference. Try a few out and see what works for you, you may find the washable pads softer on your skin.
When your nips are burning, these are the best. Keep them in the fridge and pop them on after a feed and relish in the sweet, sweet relief!
Pop them in your bra when you finish feeding when your milk is coming in. Not sexy, but helpful.
There may be a time when you worry if you have enough milk to feed your baby. This tea is designed to help you increase your supply.
Aside from swaddling your baby, they’re also brilliant at protecting your clothes or the couch from baby vomit.
It was a brilliant and practical baby shower gift. In addition a breastfeeding pillow (My Breast Friend) and a Nursing cover really helped create a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience.
Hope these products help out a few mums in need!