My top tips
How to know it’s a good feed:
– Breastfeeding is pain-free from start to finish
– After the first couple of weeks, your baby is back to their birth weight
– Your baby is wetting at least 6 nappies per day (poo-ing varies a little depending on your baby’s age)
– Your baby is gaining weight
– Your baby is content after most feeds (babies often have a cranky period every day – especially in the evenings!)
When to get help:
– Your breasts or nipples are sore, cracked or bleeding
– Your baby is not gaining weight adequately
– Your baby is fussy or irritable during or after feeds and a medical cause has been ruled out
– Your baby vomits and there is no medical cause
– Your baby has less than 6 or more than 12 feeds in 24 hours
– Your baby refuses the breast
– You are worried
I am highly experienced and trained in managing all manner of baby and boob related issues and it would make my day to help you sort out whatever is giving you and your family grief!! Rest assured that I will always know who to turn to if I am not the right person!!
1) Allow your breast to hang in its natural angle. Keep your hands away from the back of your baby’s head.
2) Line your baby up so that his nose is opposite your nipple. Dont worry – we know he doesn’t actually feed out of his nose! This is to ensure he gets a really deep (pain free) latch
3) Your baby will smell your milk and will tip his head back, so that his top lip is now opposite your nipple
4) Wait for your baby to gape widely (like a yawn). He should bring his tongue down and forward (think about licking an ice cream cone!)
5) Bring your baby towards you quickly, so that his chin touches your breast first
6) Sit back and enjoy! His nose should be free to breathe, and you should feel a strong pulling sensation which is not painful.