Breastfeeding: What do I need to know?

By | June 24, 2013

This week is National Breastfeeding Awareness week and, being 6 months pregnant, is a subject that’s on my mind at the moment.

I didn’t breastfeed C.  I tried for the first 24 hours but she never latched on properly and that fact, coupled with a lack of support from family or professionals, meant that I just gave her a bottle of formula and stuck with it.  It didn’t really bother me; I’m quite a laid back parent and had always said that I’d attempt to breastfeed but I wouldn’t feel guilty if I didn’t manage it.

I feel slightly different about it this time around.  Looking back, though I don’t feel bad for giving C formula and I know she has always been very healthy, I do sometimes wish I’d persevered more.  M, though a brilliant dad, struggles with the idea of breastfeeding.  I don’t know why, and he can’t really explain it, but he just finds it a bit odd.  My mum didn’t breastfeed me or my brother so I didn’t get any feeding support from her and, although my mother in law did breastfeed, our relationship isn’t that close so she’s not really someone I’d turn to either.

This time I’m determined to breastfeed for at least a little while and I’m actually quite excited about it.  I don’t know whether it’s the fact that I feel more confident as a second time parent or whether I know I can find help online through this blog, twitter or just the internet in general, but I really can’t wait to give it a try.  I’m not expecting it to be easy but I’m prepared for that.

I’d love any essential tips or things I should know about breastfeeding before giving birth.  Any items I need to buy or are me and my boobs enough?

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Jenny @ The Brick Castle on June 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm.

You and your boobs will do the trick just fine, but I’d suggest you get breastpads – but don’t use them too often or you’ll get sore. They’re very helpful when you’re brand new at it and your nipples are sensitive and a t-shirt seems to tickle and send shivers of pain down through your boob. It does hurt, it makes your toes curl to start with, and sometimes your nipples will crack and be sore. Breastmilk is the best cure for this, and letting them get some fresh air.
It took me 5 days to get my first to feed, but I was determined and wasn’t going to give in on any account. I got minimal support and that was just enough to get me through. One bit of advice from one Midwife and I made it. You have a whole internet to turn to and you will be fine, enjoy it, it’s very special.
My best advice is ‘ask’. You won’t look a fool and everyone you speak to will be on your side. We’ve all had all kinds of niggles and drama’s, you won’t be alone. I think this week is a good week to talk about this! 😀
From Sunday to Saturday it’s Keep Britain Breastfeeding week – there are about 40 blogs taking part and there are hundreds of posts from people who’ve been there. You can find links on my blog. Enjoy the read and best of luck! :) x
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Emma on June 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm.

Thank you so much for commenting, this is all really helpful!

I will be reading all the KBBF posts this week with interest!