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The reality of breastfeeding – in your words

The reality of breastfeeding is very varied – from simple and straightforward to challenging and almost impossible, with a range of emotions and needs in-between. And it is not a linear journey – there can be great days, easy days, brilliant days, impossible days, tough days, can-I-keep-going days, I’ve-had-enough days, this-is-amazing days. I-just-want-a-break-days and we-need-a-plan days. All are normal and support is essential. To sum up how unique breastfeeding is, I asked for you to share some of your experiences… Reality of breastfeeding – your words of wisdom “relax and get help if you are struggling don’t beat yourself up, every mum and baby are different no pressure, just give it a go anything really worth it has its challenges it’s not all the be all and end all never give up on a bad day make sure they latch properly work on establishing a good latch at the beginning use whatever tools work for you, your baby and your nips What surprised you most about breastfeeding? It solves pretty much anything for your baby. …

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Feeding Your New Baby

Good information, reassurance and links to useful support can be important as you learn to feed your new baby. These pages focus on the essential basics for feeding your new baby…

Expressing and storing breastmilk

You may be expressing to ease any engorgement, to boost your milk supply or to have a stash of milk for bottle feeds. Some women find expressing easy, while it can be more of a challenge for other women – this is a basic guide to help you find something that works for you, along with links to more information and videos. Getting started… You need to be as relaxed as possible – sitting comfortably, not feeling rushed or tense and where you won’t be disturbed can help your milk to flow. It can take a bit of experimentation to find the best time of day for you – some mums find it easier to express in the morning when their boobs feel fuller and their milk flows easier, other women are more relaxed in the evening so this is a better time for them to express. Make sure you are not hungry or dehydrated as this could make expressing harder. If you are expressing regularly, it can be beneficial to plan it into your …

Combination Feeding

Combination feeding is about needing or choosing to do both breastfeeding and formula feeding. This comes up a lot in my postnatal sessions and mums can need to do this for a number of reasons: top up feeds as part of a weight-gain plan so their baby can take a bottle to ease the pressure on them, so they can share the feeding to take a break, to go out, to go away, to go back to work easing stress and pressure as part of making the switch from breastfeeding to bottlefeeding There’s no firm advice on how to do this but having a plan and some consistency can be important – this will help with your milk production as well as eventually building a gentle routine. You might choose mixed feeding because you need to do top-ups to help with weight-gain, you want to give your baby a regular bottle each day or because you want to continue breastfeeding but you need to do more bottle feeds than breastfeeds. Combination Feeding: Top-Ups This can …

Formula Feeding Basics

A quick guide to formula feeding basics and making up a bottle – you might be using formula for all of your baby’s feeds or just one or two throughout the day. Formula Feeding Basics: Making-up bottles Fill your kettle with fresh cold water, boil and then leave to cool for 30 minutes (so it lowers to 70c) With clean hands, fill the bottle with the correct amount of water. *With the scoop, measure the powder, level it off with the leveller or a clean knife and add to the bottle. (Follow the instructions for the formula you are using and only use the scoop that comes with that formula.) Add the teat and lit and shake so the powder dissolves. Cool the formula down by running the bottle under a cold water tap or a standing the bottle in a jug of cold water. You can test the temperature of the milk on your wrist before offering it to your baby. Formula Feeding Basics: How much milk? Your baby’s stomach will hold small amounts …