This article is a guest post brought to you by Tracy Montford of Cake Maternity.
New moms will spend many hours breastfeeding, so it is important to make sure you are comfortable while you do it.
1. Breastfeeding pillow
Breastfeeding pillows are a fantastic aid for new mums. They elevate baby to just the right height, taking the weight off the arms and avoids unnecessary strain on the back.
TIP: You don’t need to invest in an expensive nursing pillow. A regular bed pillow will work just as effectively.
2. Correct latch
It is important to understand how a correct latch should look and feel. An incorrect latch will cause damage to your nipples and can be painful. Baby will also feed less effectively resulting in more frequent feeds.
TIP: Seek professional advice should you be unsure about your baby’s latch. Lactation consultants are specifically trained to help ensure your breastfeeding experience is effective and pain free.
Contact your local breastfeeding support center should you have any concerns or problems associated with breastfeeding. They are always happy to assist a young mother needing help.
4. Lanolin cream
Lanolin cream can be used on cracked sore nipples. It is safe and non-toxic for baby.
TIP: Should you not want to use nipple cream, simply express a small amount of breast milk after each feed and rub over the nipple. Allow the nipple to air dry! Breast milk is full of powerful antibodies that will help to heal and soothe the area.
5. Comfort packs
Your breasts will be sore and engorged to start with, until your body learns to regulate its milk supply.
Breast comfort packs are designed to slip comfortably into a nursing tank or bra, hot or cold, to provide luxurious relief from pain associated with breastfeeding.
6. Nursing pads
Breast leakage can be a problem initially when a woman begins breastfeeding.
To avoid those embarrassing wet patches on your tops, invest in some good quality washable nursing pads. Nursing pads made from cotton, bamboo or hemp are ideal as they are natural fibers and allow the skin to breath.
TIP: Nursing pads usually come in different absorbency levels. Choose the level right for you during the day and purchase heavy duty ones for the night when feeding is less frequent.
7. Breast pump
Invest in a small portable breast pump. Breast pumps are ideal for the early stages of breastfeeding when the breasts are full and engorged. Pumping milk will help to relieve full breasts and the discomfort associated with it.
TIP: Breast pumps are fantastic for moms on the go. They allow a mother to pump milk and store it for later use (bottle feed). Breast milk can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 12 months.
NOTE: It is not advised to feed a new baby breast milk via a bottle in the early months. It causes confusion, as the latch to feed from the breast is completely different to that of feeding from a bottle.
8. Nursing bras and tanks
It is extremely important to wear a good supportive nursing bra or tank when breastfeeding. Not only does it make the job much easier and fuss free, the bra will also provide the wearer with that much needed support and lift.
A women’s breast increases in weight dramatically when breastfeeding, due to the milk stored in her breasts. Wearing a poorly fitted bra will contribute to premature sagging and ligament damage. It will also feel incredibly uncomfortable as the breasts move around.
TIP: Invest in a good seamless transition nursing bra or tank for the first 8 weeks post birth. A seamless bra will move and stretch as required. They are generally available in XS-XXL sizing and will contain a range of cup sizes in each bra allowing for fluctuation.
Start wearing a cupped sized nursing bra once your body has learned to regulate its milk supply. This is usually at approx. 4-6 weeks post birth.
9. Nursing wardrobe
It is important to consider your nursing wardrobe for both comfort and function.
- Choose tops with buttons or zips for easy access.
- Avoid dresses unless they have nursing access.
- Nursing Tank tops are fantastic as the cover the stomach allowing for easy discrete feeding.
- Scarfs are a wonderful accessory and can be used as a cover up should you require one.
- Avoid tight restrictive clothing.
- Choose items made from cottons and other natural fibers to avoid over heating.
10. Keep hydrated
It is advised before you breastfeed to have a glass of water. This helps with milk production and eliminates dehydration, which can leave you feeling unwell and lethargic.
TIP: Carry a portable water bottle with you everywhere and sip water throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks and too much coffee and tea.
About the Author
Like many women out there, Tracey Montford is an exceptional multi-tasker! Apart from steering a global business, managing 2 young boys & keeping the clan clean and fed, Tracey still finds time to provide creative inspiration and direction to the exceptional designs of Cake Maternity. From the branding, presentation and delivery, creativity is a big part of what Tracey does so naturally and effectively. Find out more at https://www.cakematernity.com or catch up with her on social @cakematernity .