What to expect:
Think about the hardest thing you have ever done – now think breast feeding after child birth is the hardest. You have no control over it. When your milk will come in, how long you will be able to breast feed for (unless you chose to stop), and the agony you can be in is ridiculous!
Resources – websites/facebook page/books/classes/consultants/ breastfeeding groups
Website most useful was Kelly’sMom
Facebook pages: local breastfeeding support groups and NCT FB groups
Books: none lol
Classes: NHS vs NCT Ante natal classes – NHS won hands down.
It took a month with the help of a Lactation Consultant.
Pumping: the advice is don’t pump for 6 weeks until your supply regulates… hold on but if my milk wont come in and baby won’t latch what do I do? PUMP & FREEZE! Freeze any excess so that you save those amazing antibodies and nutrients for later on!
Other fundamentals: drink plenty of water, eat lots of protein, sleep as much as you can as all these things affect your milk supply
Increase Milk supply:
Lactation cookies/ oats/ oat milk/ hob nobs/ porridge/flap jacks / fenugreek tea (makes your pee smell like treacle lol)
What you need
A pump: manual or electric – you can rent electric ones however if your baby was premature you may be able to get one from your local PEER group via the HV.
Hot showers and flannels – when your milk comes your boobs are hard as hell! And sore!!! Omg the pain!!! So you’ll need to take warm showers and massage the shit (pardon me please here), as in form a fist and commit self harm kind of massage until your milk and tender boobs hurt no more. If you can’t self harm like this get help seriously… mastitis is worse from what I hear!
Breast pads for impromptu leakages
Maternity bras – god send!
Nipple shields/ nipple shells – the first can help to establish latching (though didn’t in my case) and the other catches any milk that escapes in your bra allowing you to give it later on
It’s natural & helps babies immune system for the first 6 months
Great time for you to bond with baby
It’s a lovely thing to do and helps create an amazing bond x
You don’t know how much baby is having and you depend on how many wet nappies. See our Facebook page for the picture on this!
Mastitis – requires antibiotics
Thrush of babies mouth your breast both require treatment!!!
Lipstick nipples mean poor latch! Painful nipples due to this or biting!!!
You feel judged for how and when and how long you chose to breast feed (bf)
We do not judge here so feel free to ask away