Little Routines, Gillian Stewart

Breastfeeding - A New Mum's Challenge!
Gillian Stewart, Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby.

As a first time or new mother, you are led to believe that breastfeeding must be must be easy.
However, breastfeeding for some mothers doesn't come easily.
Breastfeeding is a partnership between you and your baby and with the right help and support, it is a wonderfully fulfilling experience.
Time spent in the early weeks establishing breastfeeding pays dividends later on. This may mean that most of your day is spent feeding and changing nappies! But don't worry, embrace it, the early weeks pass very quickly and you will soon find that the feeding is going well and your baby is settling into a good routine.

Your baby needs to learn how to suck well at the breast and will be looking to you for guidance. You will need to help your baby latch on properly and encourage good sucking. Watch for the ‘suck, suck, swallow’ action.
Try to think of it as breast feeding and not nipple feeding. This will help you to get the correct positioning which will allow your baby to feed well.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that your baby has had enough milk if they fall asleep after a few sucks. The chances are they haven’t! Keep your baby awake and encourage good feeds. Your baby will then be able to sleep well with a nice full tummy and not get into a snack - nap pattern.

Babies need a nice full tummy in order to sleep well. Half full is not enough!

As a nursing mother, you need to look after yourself. Your milk supply can be fickle so you should eat well and rest when you can. Try not to skip a meal and make sure you have a nutritious snack in between meals too.

Being a mother is a full time and often exhausting job. It is immensely rewarding and satisfying. It is a huge responsibility bringing a new life into the world and you will face many challenges. Babies and young children certainly like to keep us on our toes! There are bound to be times when you will feel guilty or feel you have made the wrong decisions. Please don't blame yourself. You will be doing the very best for your baby at that time.
Breastfeeding will certainly be one of the challenges you will face along the way. Whether it is going well or you find yourself struggling, you are bound to feel guilty when you give your baby an occasional bottle and probably more so when you finally decide to stop breastfeeding, no matter what the reasons may be.
Whether you breastfeed your baby for a few days, weeks or years be proud of yourself. Try not to feel guilty.
Hungry babies are unhappy babies. At the end of the day you want to be a happy mummy with a happy baby.
Please remember, babies don't hold grudges. They love you unconditionally.