August 1 - 7 commemorates World Breastfeeding Week, and to help kick off the celebration, partners Tatyanna Wright from Haute Mama Online and author Melissa MacDonald will offer a new article each day this week about breastfeeding. Melissa MacDonald is author of the best selling book, Breastfeeding: Real Mums Tell You How and has recently partnered with Haute Mama's Tatyanna Wright on several new and exciting projects.
Here are our top five tips on what you really need to know to give yourself the best chance at a successful feeding relationship.
1. Be informed - make sure that you feel really informed about breast and bottle feeding before giving birth. If possible take a breastfeeding class at your local hospital or birthing centre or see a lactation consultant prior to the birth so you feel confident
2. Be prepared - before the big day arrives make sure you have set up where you are going to feed and have bought everything you need so when you bring your baby home, you are ready to feed.
3. Ask for help - ask the midwife, lactation consultant, mothercraft nurse, your mum, a friend anyone who has breastfed for help and take all the information on board, try what you want and you will soon find out what works best for you.
4. Get the attachment correct- this is one of the fundamental things to get right. If you don’t have the correct attachment things can go wrong very quickly ie. cracked nipples. So make sure you ask someone to help with the initial attachment, don’t continue to feed unless the attachment is correct. It shouldn’t hurt too much. If it does, try attaching again. Ask for help at every feed until you feel comfortable doing it yourself
5. Learn to feed - don’t expect you and your baby will know what to do straight away. Everyone has to learn how to breastfeed and every baby feeds differently. So don’t feel bad if you don’t know what you are doing, you and your baby will learn together.
Tomorrow we'll offer five more top tips - from mothers to mothers.