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.

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