Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips from a GeoBaby Mum
A GeoBaby Mum shares her tried-and-true tips on how to breastfeed with new mums.
We’ve all been there: we put our babies to our breasts but… nothing. Or it's something not quite what we were hoping for. For a first-time mum, it’s natural to get frustrated when breastfeeding doesn’t work out, or your baby refuses to suck for more than a couple of minutes, or your supply seems like it’s completely dried up.
But don’t feel discouraged – check out these top 10 breastfeeding tips from a fellow GeoBaby Mum who’s gone through it all:
- Latch is important. If you think baby is having trouble latching get help ASAP. Check out GeoBaby’s directory for a list of reputable lactation consultants to help you out.
- Feed as often as you can. It helps increase milk production and you can pump and store milk in the freezer for future feeds.
- Store milk in small batches of 2oz for smaller babies, and you can increase it to 4 - 6oz as your baby grows. I learnt the hard way and ended up throwing out milk my baby couldn’t drink.
- If baby dream feeds, let Dad do this feed. Helps him feel involved and gives you a little rest.
- After a restful night, expect your boobs to be ready to explode. While baby is nursing, try saving any milk that starts gushing from your other breast and have your pump ready.
- Stress and fatigue can both affect milk supply. Try and relax and think happy thoughts and all should go well.
- Drink lots of water and don’t forget to eat. We tend to get so caught up with our baby we forget to take care of ourselves. This is also important because your baby will be eating what you are eating and drinking, so it’s important to eat healthy.
- You will be spending a lot of time nursing. Keep a basket or a bag ready with all your essentials, like your iPad, breastfeeding log, burp cloths, water, etc. before you settle in to nurse.
- If you’re breastfeeding in public, try and be discreet. I used a nursing bib because although I had no qualms with getting the boob out in public, you do get people who are genuinely uncomfortable with it.
- Lastly, despite old wives’ tales, breastfeeding is not a natural birth control and you can fall pregnant again! (A lesson I learnt.)
Shirley is a proud GeoBaby mum of two adorable kids. She’s lived in Hong Kong for over 10 years and has successfully breastfed both of her babies for 11 months each, thanks to the support of the volunteers at La Leche League HK.