BREASTFEEDING TIPS & ESSENTIALS THAT I WISH I’D KNOWN

BREASTFEEDING TIPS & ESSENTIALS THAT I WISH I’D KNOWN


– Today, we’re going to
be talking about boobs. Hi everyone, welcome back to my channel. If you’re new my name is Emily and I am a mom of three boys. I’d love you to subscribe and stick around if you like what you see. But today I’m gonna be sharing with you my top breastfeeding tips
that I wish I’d known before I started breastfeeding. So I have exclusively breastfed
all three of my children. My first two for over a year each and Jackson is currently
four and a half months old so I’m still feeding him. I think when I was pregnant
I had this misconception that breastfeeding was gonna be this really easy thing to do and while it is a very natural thing it’s actually quite tricky at times and it takes technique and perseverance. A quick disclaimer, I’m
obviously not a doctor or a lactation advisor, I am just an experienced mom of three and whether you choose to
bottle feed or breastfeed, who cares as long as your
baby is fed and thriving, that is the main thing. We all know the benefits of breastfeeding so I’m not gonna go into all of that. This is just my experience and what I’ve learned along the way. So my first and most important tip is to make sure your latch is correct. If it’s not correct, then
that is when you get pain because your nipple will
be rubbing on the hard part of your baby’s palate which
is the roof of their mouth. If your latch isn’t correct, it can affect how much milk comes out and it can also make your nipple scratch against that hard palate. So it’s really, really important for successful breastfeeding. There will be a small amount of pain in the first two weeks, that is normal. If you’re pregnant or you’ve
just started breastfeeding it is definitely worth
doing some research now as to what a correct latch looks like. I will link a couple of videos down below that I think show it really, really well but the way I will explain
to you a correct latch is you want to see your
baby biting on your breast rather than looking like they’re sucking. So you want to see this bone here and their jaw moving like this on your breast rather than the sucking because if they’re biting, the nipple is sat at
the back of their throat which is where it wants to be rather than at the front
of their mouth rubbing. The way that I would get the correct latch is I would rub my nipple on my baby’s nose or top lip and that makes
them open their mouth really wide and then you get as much boob and nipple as you can into
their really wide mouth and then that normally makes
it in the correct place but definitely do some research. I’ll do the links down below. If you think the latch is incorrect, do not be afraid to take
your baby off of your breast and start again. Yes they’re gonna be upset and they’re gonna cry but
it’s better to get it right. So put your baby finger into their mouth, just get them off and start again. And they probably will
cry when you take them off but then you have a big,
wide mouth to try again. My second tip is to try
out different positions especially in the early days. My favorite ones were the
traditional cradle position in a chair or on our bed or the side lay was also
really good for relaxing. Or the rugby hold as well. By trying out different positions it can help stimulate
different parts of the breast and then also distribute
the rubbing as well so it’s hopefully not as painful and it can also help you to discover which ways work best for
your baby and for you as well because everyone is different. My next tip is if you are
struggling get help early. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s a really difficult thing to do and nowadays when you
have a baby in hospital, like when I had my son Fraser
I had him at two o’clock in the morning and I was told
that I was ready to go home at eight o’clock in the morning. So that really was not enough time to establish breastfeeding but once they see you
breastfeed a couple of times and they’re happy they just
send you off on your way. Call a lactation advisor,
call your hospital, I know where I live they
have a breast friends cafe. There’s all kinds of help
out there if you look for it. Don’t be afraid to get help. It’s better to do that, rather than quit. In my experience
breastfeeding is really hard for the first two or three weeks so if you can get through that by the end of the two or three weeks, you know what you’re doing, your baby knows what you’re doing and breastfeeding becomes this really easy thing where you can get all
of the benefits from it like no sterilizing, it’s portable, you know all of those things. So don’t give up, just try and get help. Right, so my next tip is
really, really important. You need to keep up your
fluids and your snacks. You need to drink enough
water for yourself but also to feed your
baby all of this liquid. So, you need to be
drinking all of the time. Carry around a bottle with you if you can and I used to always think
when the baby’s drinking, I should be drinking. So when I was breastfeeding I would have bottles of water around me. I actually ended up hiding them under my breastfeeding chair,
in the cracks of our sofa et cetera and I carried around
this blue bottle with me at all times as well. It’s worth telling your
partner or your mom or whoever’s gonna be
helping you in the early days to make sure you drink enough. So when you’re breastfeeding, if you don’t have a
glass of water with you, your husband really
needs to get into a habit of bringing that over to you. Drinking loads of water
is also a really good way to boost your supply. There are loads of products and
supplements that you can buy but I think the most effective way is to just drink more and to pump. Same goes for snacks, treat yourself you are burning an extra 500
calories a day breastfeeding so get some danishes in,
get some yummy snacks in to keep up the calories in
your milk for your baby. If you’re not eating very much then your baby probably
isn’t getting very much so keep up your wholesome meals, keep up your calories, I know you probably wanna
lose the baby weight but it is the best thing to do in the early days and
breastfeeding will also help you get that flat stomach back as well. Next tip is don’t clock watch and don’t compare
yourself to others either. With my first son I become obsessed with how long he’d fed for, on what side, I had all these fancy apps on my phone but really it stressed me out
more than it helped I think. With my subsequent babies
I’ve been more relaxed. I’ve just fed on demand
for the first eight weeks and then I’ve had a bit
more routine after that but I would just feed on demand on the side that feels fullest and don’t compare yourself to
your friends that bottle feed. It’s a completely different thing and don’t even compare
yourself to your friends that breastfeed because all
of our bodies are different, our babies can take more or less. My baby that I have now feeds
within five or 10 minutes whereas my first son, I
felt like I was sat there for a good half an hour. Yeah, our bodies are different
and our babies are different and that actually brings
me to my next tip. Which is to try and be
as relaxed as you can. I know it’s really hard
when you’re a new mom. I was quite an anxious new mom. But by being relaxed and
actually looking at your baby when you’re feeding them, that will help with your milk flow. So try not to be thinking about work or having an argument with your husband while you’re feeding. Just try and relax and it
will help your milk flow. The essential products
you’ll need for breastfeeding are a good supportive chair and pillows. They don’t have to be
specifically for breastfeeding as long as you have a good chair and some pillows around. Breastfeeding’s actually
quite physically demanding on your back and your arms and the way you position yourself so it’s really important that you have good support around you. Also you’ll definitely need to get yourself some breast pads. I have used Lansinoh in the past and also Boots Own but you’ll need them because you will probably have some leaks and you don’t want any
embarrassing moments when you’re wearing gray and you’ve got a big black mark on you. So get yourself some breast pads as well. Definitely get yourself
a water bottle as well so you can carry it around with you and always keep yourself hydrated. And also some muslins for spit up and also if you’re
breastfeeding out in public they can help sort of cover you up. You can get fancy breastfeeding cover ups but I think that sometimes
they almost bring more attention to you
than if you just do this. I’m breastfeeding him now but I don’t the average person
would walk past and notice. I also just wanted to
say that how you know that your baby is getting enough is if they’re having at least four or five wet or dirty nappies a day. They seem quite content in between feeds and they’re regularly putting on weight. If they’re doing all of those things then you’re doing a great job. A next tip is to make sure that
you burp and wind your baby. It is a complete myth
that breastfed babies don’t need wind. (baby gurgles) Ing, they absolutely do. They still take air down and I like to burp between sides or even halfway through a feed because I find if I burp him then he can also take more
and will sleep for longer. So make sure you wind them. Sometimes I burp Jackson
for as long as I’ve fed for. So that is it for my breastfeeding tips. I really hope you found them helpful. Please give this video a
big thumbs up if you did and don’t be shy asking
any questions you have in the comments below and I will make sure to reply to you and yes thank you, and I
will see you very soon, bye.

100 thoughts on “BREASTFEEDING TIPS & ESSENTIALS THAT I WISH I’D KNOWN

  1. Is it really possible to get a sleeping baby to burp? Howw? Can u do it without them waming up?

    What if they dont how do u prevent spit ups?

  2. Hey thank you so much for the video. I have a question regarding hind and foremilk. If you feed equally from both sides, the baby gets only the foremilk out of you. Is that true? Also, would you recommend feeding from both sides for an equal amount of time in the same session or doing one side per session? Thank you.

  3. If you are reading this. Don't feel guilty if you don't want to or can't breast feed. You're still a great mum

  4. I’m so glad I came across your video. I’m a mom of three and this is my first time breastfeeding as I had no milk with my first two. What I find the most challenging with having a 21 month old and my newborn is definitely staying relaxed while breastfeeding. My toddler jumps all over me and I find it stressful I’m not sure what I can do to make this process easier. However I’ve had terrible pain on one breast and now I know exactly how to ensure my baby is latching properly. Thank you for this video it was great!

  5. Glad I found this video! I’m current breastfeeding my 3 day old son, and I unfortunately have one nipple cracked and dry, do I continue to nurse on that side even though the pain is awful?

  6. great video. as i sit here feeding my 12 day old girl (third child, couldnt stick out the feeding with older two 🙁 ) at 3am watching u on chromecast with somewhat sore boobs, i now feel like this isnt so bad afterall haha. great vid thanks for the inspo n not making it weird or one sided xx

  7. I just started my channel and will be a first time breastfeeding mommy! I’m going thru the classes now! Baby isn’t here yet (due February 4th) so if you’d like to follow my journey then please join the family

  8. Ems you're like that supportive aunty/ big sister/ friend that everyone needs!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, and doing so in such a graceful manner.

  9. This has been the most helpful video on breastfeeding I have watched. I'm now 8 weeks post 1st baby and I wish I had found this when I was struggling in the first few weeks. I persevered and is still breastfeeding now but oh boy wish I found this earlier. Will be forwarding to every pregnant mama I know 😀😀😀

  10. I’m binge watching your newborn/tip videos as I prepare for the birth of my first baby. I have about a week before they induce me. I can’t stress how helpful your videos are! This one in particular is amazing. I’ve been so nervous about breastfeeding. I don’t have any friends who have been able to produce successfully, so hearing some tips from an experienced mama really helps to ease my mind. Thank you! ❤️❤️

  11. I currently have a 4 week old baby boy and I suffer with excruciating pain for the first few seconds whilst he latches, to the point I could cry and I get so hot and bothered until those seconds pass. Any ideas how to stop this and make it easier? I've used lanolin cream but its not soothing the pain 🙁

  12. interestingly the way you say 'water' switches from the american way to the english way each time you say it lol. Also occasionally you have a tinge of Australian. Weird.

  13. Thanks Emily! My cousin just had her first baby and she was asking for tips and I I knew immediately who’s channel to send her to! Thank you for all the amazing tips, you also helped me when I was a new mom learning all about breast-feeding! We really appreciate it XO 😘

  14. I watched this video when I was pregnant, and it gave me the confidence to give breastfeeding a go! My little baby boy is now 9 weeks old and exclusively breast fed! We’ve over come a low supply, a lip tie, a cows milk, egg and oats allergy! So I’m now on a restricted diet but I’m determined to keep going 💙 thank you for your videos xxxxxx

  15. I got nippls cracked is it ok if i feed tue baby and blood coming out of the breast?pls help me iam to worry of my baby’s helth

  16. The way that you described yourself as a first-time mother was exactly how I was as a first-time mother. I was so stressed out, I was so neurotic, I had all these apps LOL… I’m pregnant with my second and I am really hoping to not be so neurotic and stressed out, in hopes that I can actually enjoy Breast feeding this time.

  17. Yes, I did find this very helpful. My baby is 18 days old. I don't know how many times I need to hear the phrase similar to "don't compare your baby with others", perhaps as many times as someone tells me what the norm is. Anyway, this was insightful

  18. I just had my firstborn this past Sunday and really appreciated having watched this video when I started preparing and then attempting breastfeeding, thank you lovely Emily! You are my favorite YouTuber for mommy videos that are fun, informative, and helpful 😍

  19. Tricky, most definitely! However, I experienced more ease than not. I learned beforehand what makes for success, as well as decided to really take postpartum really easy. I also ate healthy, drunk enough fluids, and stayed away from substitute soothers.

    Dealing with the legal system and other ppl's negative attitudes was the most difficult part of my exp.

  20. My baby fall asleep while breast feeding she is so hungry all the time i have to give her formula milk and till2 month i gave her that coz m diabetic mother cause of it milk was less n nipple. Was inverted after delivery so all of this things i was unable to fed her mine now m give minee but milk production iis less now baby is 3 month old i m worried wat to do. My milk production is too low. N baby latching is not so much strong😐🙁

  21. I never breastfed Alice because i was in theatre for song long after I had her when I was wheeled out she had already had one of the back up bottles! But deffo gonna breast feed my next thanks for the tips xxx

  22. Heyy hie..I m mother of 3 month old baby girl.I want to know if I m lying on bed and feeding my child with tummy touching eachother then will her down side hand hurt?And how?

  23. Okay moms I have some questions for you… I plan to breastfeed my next child first baby I had was unsuccessful do to knowledge, lack of support, and with her ending up in the NICUI I had to pump. I couldn't pump what felt to be enough and eventually I gave up. This time around I plan to breastfeed. What is a good position for someone who is smaller chested? I always felt so strained trying to feed my baby. I never could get the right latch on my own. It was very painful and my nipples were so sore and cracked. I was confused on when to switch breast any advice?

  24. I am due in July this is my first child my doctor asked me if I wanted to breast feed I said yes if I eat healthy and still get good protein in and drink a lot of water and do like a diet plan will the baby still get what he or she needs?

  25. Hi, my baby boy always sleeps with his head facing a certain direction , and to avoid this we started using small pillows by his head on either sides, but he dislikes it and cries when we put that ……have u gone through this and how would you suggest we resolve this, as even while winding him he turns his head and it’s sometimes difficult to make him look straight as he is very stiff certain times. Baby. It is 5-6 weeks now

  26. I can’t wait to have a baby, if I ever do get pregnant I will for sure use your videos for reference! You have a beautiful family x

  27. To help increase your breastmilk, try MilkyMama. The treats taste good and it worked for me. Here's $5 off your 1st purchase!
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  28. This is the first video I watched of yours, as I want to breastfeed and was looking for a helpful video. now I think I've watched most of your videos. your positivity is inspiring, what a great mum you really are. I have got so many helpful tips off you so thankyou 🙂 xx

  29. Can you make a video on a good breastfeeding diet? My son will be here very soon and I want to try to decrease chances of tummy aches for him. What foods are good? What foods are not good for his tummy? Maybe some recipes? Thank you ! ❤️ I enjoyed this video.

  30. I struggled so hard with my first child and this time around, I really want to prepare. Hopefully it works out better this time around. Just found out I’m pregnant so I’m rewatching all your newborn videos.

  31. Breastfeeding and bottle feeding now and it’s a god damn nightmare. I am 3 weeks in and still having issues. It hurts , Im still using a shield and I’m up all night

  32. No matter how deep i latch my baby she just slides down and hangs off the tip. She has a posterior tongue tie and no one will help me. I even tried to go private and was turned a way because they had to re certify. I am just in such despair over the way this was handled. The IBCLC refused to divide it and told me to just increase my supply. How can I increase it when shes not latching!? I dont have loads of time to sit around pumping all day, and its not fair on my baby being strapped to a bouncer for an hour while I try to pump, clean, and sterilize. I just wish someone would just divide the damn tongue tie like I originally wanted.

  33. I AM SO EXCITED TO BREASTFEED! I feel like I’m gonna parade him/her around on my boobs😆 I already love showing off my belly

  34. My baby is two weeks old and this is very helpful and your tips and stuff thank youI like how you were straight to the point and also you were very quick simple and easy

  35. Im on my 4th baby but had a big 6 year gap between my 3rd and 4th. Iv forgotten EVERYTHING and have been feeling overwhelmed watching YouTube videos on what to do bla bla blah. Your videos are awesome. I keep coming back to them as they are helpful BUT dont make me feel overwhelmed. How refreshing!

  36. Excellent tips… I'm soon gonna be a mom and am so nervous about all this… thank you for sharing this video…

  37. Love your videos and this one is so useful I’ve watched it twice! Breastfeeding didn’t go so well for me with my first and I’m hoping it will be better this time around. Thanks 😊.

  38. My baby latched properly in the hospital right away, but somewhere down the line developed a bad habit! She's now 10 weeks old and I'm still struggling to correct her latch… Do you have any tips for that?

  39. Pray for me, please. It’s hard being a first time mom and not having your own mom to teach you this stuff. And to motivate you… Please, pray for me to feed my baby easily for a long healthful time. Please!

  40. Thank you for the video, I breastfed my first for 14 months and still found this video helpful as I’m preparing for my second one! 🙂

  41. Thank you sis this video really helpful thank you so much I can't understand that much of English but something ur showing physical so it's easly understand …. Thank you cheechiiii ( sis)

  42. Question: when breastfeeding can you just put the baby to boob and that’s it? Or do you have to pump and store the milk with my first son I couldn’t breastfeed. And about how many hours in between

  43. Hi, my baby is nursing only during letdown after that overflowing he is not drinking and pull out my breasts .. please suggest me

  44. My top tip is unscented deodorants for the 1st mth of breast feeding.. Baby wants to smell the goods they want to smell milk they've been stuck inside amniotic fluid for 9mth their noses are very sensitive to smells and if irritated they won't settle 😌

  45. Hi Emily!!! I love your videos. I've a query though. You mentioned in the above video that you breastfed your 3kids exclusively. Now I wanna know, inspite of exclusive breastfeeding, did u find the need of using a breast pump to express the milk?? If yes how often did you have to do it? M pregnant with my first baby and I am a home maker and m totally confused about whether or not to invest in a breast pump. Please help.

  46. I have no support to sit on or in. We have a mattress on the floor called a futaun. No chairs or couches. We can't afford them after the earthquake broke my couch. We are at 4 days old and as soon as we went home from the hospital she started fighting latching on. She crys and gets frantic and then starts screaming. I'm crying now too. I have done everything they taught me at the hospital but its not working!😤😭

  47. This and the videos you linked are very helpful. First time mom and I’m a bit nervous because I really want breastfeeding to work out. Formula is expensive lol

  48. I love your videos. Am just waiting for my first baby to arrive within the next 2 weeks and your videos are really helping me to feel a little bit more prepared for what is coming. Thanks 🙂

  49. I loved you video I just have one question I have one side bigger than the other I know it’s naturally this way but it’s very obvious that one has milk and the other one doesn’t

  50. thank you. I love your channel After losing my pregnancy, I was very depressed and the only thing that got me out of that state of depression, was to start making baby accessories with my own hands, it made me feel more connected to my son, wherever he is.

  51. If people give you a hard time about breastfeeding, tell them to mind their own business unless they'd like to purchase lanolin as a healing ointment for the excruciating pain of breastfeeding with cracked and bleeding nipples.

    Sometimes people confuse a natural human behavior with their mental problems. Jealousy from men and other females tend to create problems new moms don't anticipate.

    Breastfeeding is work, literally work. Growth spurts, sickness, both reasons babies will naturally increase feeding and increased feeding also increases the supply.

    Don't let the baby's chin touch his/her chest, that makes the hard gums bite down. Baby doesn't need teeth for pain to be an issue, many first time breastfeeders aren't aware of that fact.

  52. It's sooooooooo beautiful. A 100 % genuine mother. I love it to see a beautiful mother. The best job in the world ever, giving life and maintain it. Thank you for taking a good care of your child.

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