What to Expect When Breastfeeding a Newborn Baby
Wondering what to expect when breastfeeding a newborn baby? Having spoken to friends, breastfeeding is a little like pregnancy in that every woman’s experience is different to another’s. It can also be vastly different from when you breastfed your last baby.
You’ll never be completely prepared but here are some of the things I’ve experienced breastfeeding a newborn:
1. Sore Nipples
I’ll start with the most obvious one.
As we all know, this goes with the territory of breastfeeding for a lot of women. In the early days, spend time with your midwife or lactation consultant getting your latch right and don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice at any stage of your breastfeeding journey.
Your nipples will probably be sore for a few weeks so invest in Lansinoh cream – I think it’s amazing! It’s BPS and BPA free, 100% natural, hypoallergenic and really helps soothe sore and cracked nipples. You can buy Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Cream cream here.
Bear in mind that you will spend the first few weeks learning to breastfeed – if it’s your second baby, you will spend your first few weeks re-learning to breastfeed! Or I currently am anyway :)
2. A Numb Bum!
You’ll spend a lot of time sitting down when breastfeeding so get comfortable! That means ensuring, before each feed, that you’re stocked up on water, snacks, the TV remote, iPad, magazines etc.
If you want to invest in one, I highly recommend glider nursing chairs. I have the Kiddicare Cloud Nine Deluxe Glider Chair and Stool and I highly recommend it.
It’s so important to be relaxed and comfortable when breastfeeding so no hunching over on an uncomfortable chair – you could be sat still for hours in the early days!
3. Wardrobe Malfunctions
As if it isn’t difficult enough deciding what to wear in the early days of breastfeeding, you finally settle on something practical but stylish and then your baby barfs all over it.
Try to keep a spare top in your changing bag if you can. Or a cardigan to cover the stain until you get back home.
I also highly recommend investing in some good quality muslin cloths and I really rate the ones from Babymoov. I have the lovely Four Seasons set and they’re so pretty. They can be used for cover ups, wiping up spills and messes – a million and one things. You can read Tin Box Traveller’s 10 uses for muslins here.
In the £19.99 set from Babymoov Swaddle 4 Seasons Set, you get 3 excellent quality muslin blankets – one 80 x 80 cm and two 60 x 60 cm. I tend to use the larger one for covering Mini M in the sun in his pram and the smaller ones are great for winding him and cleaning up messes.
4. Gigantic Humungus Mahoosive Boobs
Just me? Invest in some decent nursing bras that fit well and are really supportive – I definitely recommend you get professionally fitted.
You might also have to get resized as the weeks and months go on as your body will continue to change as you breastfeed and if you lose any more baby weight.
5. Unwanted Opinions
Everything from “Are you feeding that baby again?” to “Isn’t your Mumny feeding you enough?”. From the same person, in the same breath.
Some people (a minority, thankfully) seem to think that you choosing to breastfeed in front of them gives them permission to go to town with their unsolicited opinions and ‘advice’.
Try your very best to ignore them – turn your baby’s white noise app on full volume to drown them out if you have to!
Helpful advice is a wonderful, priceless thing but criticism and negativity isn’t going to help you relax and feed your baby.
As a first time mum I made the mistake of letting the negativity in and sometimes getting upset. Second time around, I’m ready for them!
Perhaps my newfound confidence has put off anyone dispensing their titbits (pardon the pun!) yet though as no-one has dared say anything so far.
How did breastfeeding go for you?
Do you have any advice for first-time breastfeeders?
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