Breastfeeding tips & advice

Mum breastfeedingSome tips and advice for breastfeeding

  • When you’ve finished a breastfeed, let your nipples dry completely and pop a breast pad in your bra to help prevent soreness
  • Pinning a hairclip or brooch on your top, or a hairband on your wrist, can help you remember which breast you last fed from
  • Wind and restlessness are the most common signs that something you have eaten disagrees with your baby. Try cutting that food out for a few weeks until your baby’s tummy is a bit more developed
  • Ease cracked nipples by using a pure lanolin cream and avoiding soap or perfumed products on that area
  • Eat little and often to keep your energy levels up
  • Put your feet up! Take time to rest properly

When there’s more than two…

I am expecting twins. I’d like to breastfeed - is this feasible?

Yes, it is and your midwife or other health professional will be able to give you advice about this. You may choose to feed the babies together (with one under each arm!) or separately, but the body is a wonderful thing and you will make enough milk for two. Initially you may need to feed the babies separately until the feeding is well established, but once you are confident in positioning and attaching one baby then the twins can be encouraged to feed at the same time. Or you can use a combination of breast and bottle feeding. Good luck!

I’m pregnant and want to continue breastfeeding my young baby, is this possible?

Yes - the body will continue to produce breast milk throughout the pregnancy. However, around the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy colostrum will be produced. As a result there will be less milk and the milk will have a different taste; it is at this point that some infants will decide to stop breastfeeding.

It is important to note that the stimulation of the nipples during breastfeeding can cause mild uterine contractions. If there is any risk of premature labour or miscarriage or if there is any bleeding during pregnancy, then your GP or midwife may advise you to stop breastfeeding.

After your second baby is born, it’s possible to continue feeding an infant and a newborn baby at the same time. This is known as Tandem Breastfeeding.

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