It’s not just whip your boob out and feed!!
I AM NOT A SPECIALIST/PROFESSIONAL!
You would think that because breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world it would come easy! But it doesn’t. Anyone who’s been through it will tell you that.
They never tell you about the first few days or more of breast pain(yes pain) when your baby is learning how to properly latch on and stimulate the milk production & the infections you can get!
Your diet is extremely important because as when baby was in your belly, what you eat goes to baby. So a healthy balanced diet is necessary high in healthy fats, carbs and vegetables. You need to relax too, yes I mean sleep when baby sleeps and all that mumbo jumbo. BUT YOU MUST! Being over tired and miserable is not good for you or baby because they can feel it.
Regarding the pain there could be a multitude of reasons as to why its hurting to breastfeed and that should never be ignored. You could have:
- Thrush(yeast infection) which you and baby have to be treated for because it can end up being a vicious circle between your nipple and babys mouth(yes they can get it in their mouth from you)
- Mastitis which is terribly painful inflammatipn in either one or both breasts that can lead to infection and you need to watch out for the symptoms(inflamed red swollen breasts, red patches, hard painful lumps, flu like symptoms, discomfort feeding and tender hot breasts)
- Blocked duct when the passage that carries milk from the mammary glands gets blocked. symptons are similar to mastitis except the hot breasts and flu like symptoms. This could be caused by oversupply, not draining the breat completly
- Tongue/lip tie on baby can make it hard to breastfeed as baby is unable to properly latch on the breast. Normally midwives check this at the hospital already when baby is born but if you think your baby has this check with your health visitor, treatment is a short snip of the membrane under the tongue or under lip.
- Latch, when baby doesn’t latch on properly it is very painful and means baby is able to drink enough milk. try to bring baby to the breast(not you to baby) and as baby opens their mouth aim your nipple to the top lip, this will ensure a better latch.
I am a big advocate for breastfeeding! I’m so proud of my journey so far and know how hard it is to breastfeed and having to give up and pump/formula feed. I know the heartache and depression that follows up because you feel like you’re letting down your baby. Sometimes you gotta choose you. And your mental health. You are doing the best for your child no matter where his milk comes from!
Us mums go through all kinds of bullying and judgmental comments no matter what we do. If we breastfeed or formula feed, if we cuddle to sleep or let them cry it out. At the end of the day it’s the mums decision. We as women should support each other!
So I’ve decided to do a breastfeed series here to help those who need. I AM NOT A SPECIALIST/PROFESSIONAL! Its just a gathering of all my research to be able to breastfeed my children and all my struggles and how I tried to solve them with the help of many people. You need a good support network of family, friends and lactation consultants/midwives/health visitors.
The health benefits to breastfeeding your baby are enormous and as you will find out breastmilk is literally LIQUID GOLD and you will understand why.