My aim with the following pages is to share my breastfeeding experience and to give some help and advice to breastfeeding mothers and mums to be who are hoping to breastfeed. Most of the information has been collated from my own research and I have ensured that as far as possible, information has come from reliable sources. The information included within this website is NOT intended to replace professional advice. If you are experiencing any problems related to breastfeeding then please seek advice from your GP, a breastfeeding councillor or a lactation consultant. There are some excellent breastfeeding helplines available, details of which can be found on our Links and Where to Find Help page.
During pregnancy, all I seemed to hear about breastfeeding was that ‘Breast is Best’, no one ever explained to me why nursing my baby would be beneficial and although I knew a little about the risks of not breastfeeding, there is much, much more to breastfeeding than I ever thought. Breast milk is truly amazing.
Human milk contains many elements, some of which are still unknown. It is a living substance that cannot be reproduced. It takes two forms, Colostrum, the first milk produced and breast milk, which 'comes in' gradually a few days post delivery.
How Breasts Work
It’s simple, women have breasts to feed and nourish their children – full stop!
Breastfeeding is an extension of pregnancy. Your amazing body has fed and nourished your baby for 9 months when you were pregnant and it continues to do so once your baby has been born and can do so for years after birth.
Learning to Breastfeed - Latch and Positioning
You may hear many breastfeeding professionals talk about latch an awful lot and for good reason. A good latch not only ensures that your baby receives enough milk, it also prevents problems with nipple soreness. If you think you have a latch problem it is important to seek advice from a breastfeeding professional. Your midwife or health visitor should be able to give you the contact information for your nearest breastfeeding councillor and may be able to give you information about any local support groups. You can find a list of breastfeeding charities, along with information about breastfeeding helplines here. Please Note: The information below is only meant as a guide and does not replace advice from professionals.
How do you know if your baby is getting enough milk?
It would be fabulous if your breasts had a gauge on the side showing you how much milk your baby has taken. Unfortunately this is not the case and I have heard that some mothers have given up breastfeeding because they didn’t know whether their baby was taking enough milk.
What to Expect when Breastfeeding your Baby
Many people are surprised and unprepared for how demanding a newborn can be and after leaving hospital it can feel very daunting to bring this tiny little being home. You may encounter many breastfeeding challenges during the first few weeks of having your baby at home. The following covers the main concerns many breastfeeding mothers have during this time.
Common Breastfeeding Myths
There are many, many myths surrounding breastfeeding, this isn’t surprising considering the low breastfeeding rate in the UK and the misunderstandings surrounding what is normal for a breastfed infant. Some of these myths can be harmful to the breastfeeding dyad and can even lead to a mum deciding to end breastfeeding or even a mum to be decided not to even try breastfeeding.
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