Unfortunately, we still read and hear about mums who had a really difficult time breastfeeding with their first baby. This could involve anything from not mastering breastfeeding in the first few days to ongoing breastfeeding problems or worries about low milk supply.
If this was your experience and you are now pregnant again, you may be wondering if you are destined to always have breastfeeding problems. Or, perhaps you are thinking about how you can make this new experience with breastfeeding more successful.
I received a phone call from Lisa when Sophie was 19 days old. Lisa had just been to see the maternal child health nurse 3 days before and found out that Sophie was not gaining weight quite as planned.
Lisa was feeling understandably upset, worried and a bit deflated at the thought that Sophie was not taking enough from the breast.
Some babies don’t like to go back to the breast once they’ve fed from traditional bottles. Therefore many mums feel like they have to avoid ever giving their baby a traditional bottle or a pacifier, for fear that the baby won’t be able to properly latch on to the breast if they are breastfeeding. While this doesn’t happen with every baby, it can be a risk that may complicate breastfeeding.
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It’s so difficult to see what they’re drinking I hear you cry! Most mums at some stage will question if their baby is actually getting any milk out of the breasts!
So here are a few tips to let you know your baby is well fed:
Many mums often say to midwives in a passing comment at the end of an appointment “oh, by the way I think I may have something wrong with my nipples!”
Having spoken to many women in my role as a lactation consultant I know that unfortunately lots of women are embarrassed if they think their nipples or breasts do not look “model perfect.”
When you think about it, breastfeeding is an amazing process! For starters, breastfeeding is the only way to give your baby the unique rich blend of nutrients and immune-boosting elements that provide life enhancing benefits. Even the process of breastfeeding is fascinating.
A lot of new mums are interested in doing everything they can to enhance their breastfeeding experience and make sure they’re doing everything “correctly” in order to avoid any major problems.
They are often met with confusing advice, and find themselves hearing a lot of well-intentioned but incorrect breastfeeding myths from friends and family. That’s why it’s so important for new mums to talk with their healthcare professionals (midwives, maternal child health nurses, GP’s, lactation consultants) about their concerns and questions.
Becoming a new mum brings great joy, excitement and moments of wonder – but it also brings a lot of new responsibility, worries, fatigue and stress.
Parenting stress is very real. Even while we celebrate the beautiful, wonderful things about being a mum, it’s important to also pay attention to some of the things that can make the experience of raising infants so tiring and difficult – and try to better minimize and manage these sources of stress so mums can enjoy their lives with their babies!
Many new mums are interested in whether their baby’s development and their own experience as a breastfeeding mum are in the range of “normal.” But the truth about breastfeeding is that every baby is different, and every mother is different. So what does that mean? Is it more confusing than ever?