As Freddie’s first birthday approaches and we reach my goal of one year of breastfeeding, I have been thinking about the tips or hacks I wish I had known. When Freddie was born I really had no idea what to expect and our breastfeeding journey hasn’t been without its challenges.
The tips/hacks below have saved me on many occasions and I know I will use them again if we are lucky enough to have a second baby. I hope they help you too wherever you are on your breastfeeding journey!
USE NAPPIES TO SOOTHE SORE BREASTS
This sounds very odd but works so, so well. During the early days when your boobs are sore or if you end up with a blocked milk duct, using a nappy as a compress is so much better than a cloth or flannel. Nappies are much more absorbent and retain their heat for longer too.
TRY TO AVOID BREASTFEEDING PILLOWS
I realise this is a bit controversial as many mums swear by their breastfeeding pillows! However, we saw a lactation consultant who explained how they can cause latch/positioning issues. More importantly, when feeding outside of the home it can be tricky if you and your baby are used to using a breastfeeding pillow. Something I used instead was a rolled up, thick baby blanket, tucking this under my arm or under baby. In the early days, we always had a blanket on hand so it made sense to use this instead. Please do your own research on this though because I know many other mums really do consider them an essential!
YOU DON’T NEED A BREASTFEEDING COVER
Everyone is different in regards to how comfortable you feel feeding in public. If you feel confident whacking out a boob, by all means go for it girl! However if you do want to cover up a little or you have a distracted baby, there is an easy and subtle technique you can use instead. It’s called one up, one down. All you do is ensure you are wearing two layers (e.g. a vest top and a jumper). Then just pull up the top layer and pull down the second. It’s a great hack and I still use it now because at eleven months, Freddie is a bit of an exhibitionist… In the summer when I am wearing a dress, I knot a muslin around a bra strap which creates a breezy, extra layer over baby.
I’VE GOT BIG BOOBS AND I CANNOT LIE
This is directed towards the larger chested amongst us but one hack that I found immensely helpful involves yet another muslin. If your big boobs make it difficult to position yourself for feeding your newborn, roll up a small muslin and pop it under your boob. It will lift your boob up slightly and make it easier for baby to latch. You can also use this when feeding lying down.
The website KellyMom is a fountain of knowledge for every breastfeeding mother. There are articles on absolutely everything including latching baby on, nursing strikes, breast pumps and everything else you can think of all backed up with research. I have used it so many times and have found it so reassuring. When speaking to friends of mine, some of them hadn’t heard of it so I just had to include it within this post.
PRODUCTS YOU NEED
Haakaa | This ingenious little product not only collects but also pumps milk from your other boob whilst you are feeding. In the early months I collected a lot of milk just by suctioning this onto my breast during a feed. It is fab!
Lansinoh Breast Pads | Everyone gushes about Lansinoh nipple cream (with good reason, it’s fab!) but I think their breast pads are the real star. They fold in half which means they look subtle, will not move around in your bra and have two sticky bits instead of one which helps them to stay in place.
Panache ‘Sophie’ Nursing Bra | This is the prettiest looking and comfiest bra that I have found. It is super soft and gives a good shape considering the lack of wire. I highly recommend it!
HACKS & TIPS FROM OTHER MAMA’S
Sophie from ‘A Mummy Thing‘ | Nipple Shields – Once they were on I got some instant relief from the pain. I only needed to use them a few times but without them I can’t imagine I would have been able to continue breastfeeding.
Jade | H&M Clip Down Nursing Tops – It’s hard, at the beginning, trying to breastfeed in public and these really helped me with being discreet. I still use them now as they are so easy when out and about.
Thanks for reading, I really hope these hacks/tips help you with your breastfeeding journey! See you on Sunday,
P I N M E