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Are you ready to throw in the towel ?

Are you ready to throw in the towel ?

Breastfeeding can be incredibly hard in the early days- but also very rewarding. It’s very common to face difficulties along the way. There’s a lot of support available, from lactation consultants to support groups and online forums. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you need it, and remember that each baby and situation is different .

Remember -You’re doing a wonderful thing for your little one!

Heres some tips for when things get tough

  • Just enjoy some time with your baby skin on skin at times when baby is NOT looking for food
  • Many mums feel as they don’t get a chance to just enjoy holding their baby -especially if they have to express to boost supply or to enable baby to have a top-up.
  • When you cuddle your baby against your chest you release endorphins (happy hormones) and oxytocin (love hormones)-so youll feel more relaxed and so will your baby
  • Have a bath with your baby-they love the warm water -it reminds them of being safe in utero.
  • Allow your bbay the chance to self attach -baby led attachment is more gentle and can allow baby to attach in a more relaxed manner-remember -breastfeeding is instinctual for your baby .
  • If your baby is unsettled, offer a topup feed-even if your breasts feel soft -they are never empty and sometimes sucking on a breast that felt quite”empty” allows baby to gain the higher fat milk whihc helps them settle
  • Go for a walk with a support person (with your baby in a sling) .Getting some fresh air helps baby and you.

Seek some support from your midwife or a qualified  https://myprivatemidwife.com.au/postnatal-lactation/ consultant who can work with you to overcome the overwhelm and support you through the first 6 weeks

Cuddling your baby

Babys who are crying benefit from skin in skin

Remember all new skills take time and breastfeeding is no exception

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