Nov 16
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So long since I last wrote, so sorry out there!

An update on me, I am continuing to work as a Lactation Consultant at a Brisbane Hospital and loving it! I am still practicing midwifery work at my local hospital to keep my hand in in the b

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I am loving helping women to enjoy being a mother! First time mums and second, third, fourth or however many you are up to, are my priotity. Learning to breastfeed and all that goes with it is challanging and I will endeavour to cover some hot topics for all the mums out there.

Let me know if there is something specific you want me to discuss, otherwise I will just go with what the 4 million plus breastfeeding women are searching for on the web each month.

Take care and happy birthing or happy mothering or happy whatever you are up to!!

Loretta

Jan 4

Fantastic article that shows women of the choices they have when it comes to choosing how they would like to birth. It is not just choosing between natural birth and drugs it is what method fits your dream of the brith you want. Have a read of

the article here New Class to Address Childbirth Options
If you need more information have a look at www.child-birth.options.com
Have a wonderful day!

Sep 27

The best tip for birth is simpiler than you think! It is not relaxation, it is not drugs, it is not where you have your baby, it is the people you choose to have around you.

This has been proven time and time again, a women will have a posi

tive outcome to her birth if she feels supported. So ladies, find the right people, someone you can totally relax around, someone you don’t need to wear make up around and someone who will stand up for what your plan is.

It can be your partner, your sister, your mother, your friend, your brother, your dad, just find that person or group of people and tell them how you want it. Even if all the wheels fall off you will still have full support from the people you trust and in the end that is all that counts,

Good luck to all the women preparing for their birth…………keep yourself supported.

Aug 11

Hi All,

I wanted to bring to your attention in World Breastfeeding Week that the Premier of QLD Ms Anna Bligh has implemented a new policy whereby breastfeeding mothers are entitled to a one hour paid lac

tation break. This can be taken over a period of smaller breaks if needed. A fridge is also needed to store expressed breast milk. Read the full article here.

This is such an amazing step forward and I take my hat off to Anna Bligh for taking a stand. As times are changing more and more women are heading back to work to basically keep them above the poverty line. WIth increasing electricity costs, fuel costs and the cost of food increasing it is almost essential that a mother return to work. This does not mean an end to breastfeeding needs to take place, just work around it, this will give a new mother the feeling of great confidence and also support from her family and work place.

Keep up the great work Ms Bligh and I look forward to more choice for women, espicially in the home birthing department.

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Hi All,
I wanted to bring to your attention in World Breastfeeding Week that the Premier of QLD Ms Anna Bligh has implemented a new policy whereby breastfeeding mothers are entitled to a one hour paid lactation break. This can be taken over a period of smaller breaks if needed. A fridge is also needed to store expressed breast milk. Read the full article here.
This is such an amazing step forward and I take my hat off to Anna Bligh for taking a stand. As times are changing more and more women are heading back to work to basically keep them above the poverty line. WIth increasing electricity costs, fuel costs and the cost of food increasing it is almost essential that a mother return to work. This does not mean an end to breastfeeding needs to take place, just work around it, this will give a new mother the feeling of great confidence and also support from her family and work place.
Keep up the great work Ms Bligh and I look forward to more choice for women, espicially in the home birthing department.

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May 8

I hope you are loving my breastfeeding series as I am really enjoying writing it.  If you need more specific advice please email me and I will be happy to answer any questions.  Knowledge is power, the more you ask the more

you will be able to build a foundation that will be strong and lasting.

Day 3 – 5 is again more change, day 3 is when your milk "comes in".  Now this is the normal pattern but it can be earlier or later, whenever it comes, it can be managed, just remember the more you breastfeed the more milk you will make.  Another point is that your milk WILL come in, it is very rare for a woman to have problems as the same hormones that allowed you to get pregnant and birth our baby are the same hormones that will produce milk. 

What triggers the milk production, or lactogenesis II, at around day 3 is the rise in progesterone.  Progesterone is released as your placenta is removed.  With your baby in uteruo and your placenta doing a fantastic job of filtering the blood, low levels of progesterone are inhibiting your milk production.  This is why if you have a pre-term baby you will still produce milk as the placenta is removed……Amazing!  Lactogenesis II is the technical name for your milk coming in, it is a truly amazing process which begins with breast changes in puberty and continues until your milk comes in.  I will go into more detail as well as the biochemistry of breastmilk in a later blog as I find it fascinating.  You will see why it is imperitive that you consult a lactation consultant for any breastfeeding problems, after all if you had a tooth ache you would see a dentist to get the right advice, why not see a breastfeeding specialist if you have breastfeeding problems.  You will get advice straight from the horses mouth not just anyone’s biased, unresearch opinion!  I will hop off my soap box now and continue with day 3-5 of breastfeeding your baby. 

Day 3 or a little after your breasts will start to fill, it is very important to breastfeed your baby very regularly so you don’t get too full and engorged.  You will have too much milk for your baby at this time so just feed to make your breasts comfortable.  It will take about 48hours for your breasts to settle down.  You may find your breasts are too tight to attach your baby so you may need to hand express a little to soften the areola so your baby can attach. 

The best way to mangage engorgement or avoid it all together is to feed frequently, whenever you baby makes a noise or looks hungry then pop your bood in his/her mouth.  This will help drain some breast milk and make you feel comfortable and as a bonus will give you more practice at attachment.  If you want to refresh your attachment skills have a look at my first breastfeeding blog post.

As your milk comes in your baby may be a little unsettled and "windy", this is due to the change in flow of your milk.  Your baby on days 0-2 would suck in quick bursts on the breast then swallow as there was small amounts of colostrum.  Now, at day 3 if your baby sucks fast the he/she will get a mouthful of milk and will pull off to take a breath.  Your baby has to adjust its suck from suck, suck, suck, swallow to suck, pause, swallow.  It will take a couple of feeds just relax and know that your baby will change and have some wonderul long sleeps with a belly full of breast milk.

Up to day 5 you will feel like you are making head way.  Your nipples may be sore or damaged but starting to heal.  Using breast milk on your nipples after each feed and then letting them completely air dry is the best treatment.  You will also be taking your baby home.  Just remember that breastfeeding can take weeks to master and there will be no set routine at the moment so don’t stress yourself out over routine, it will come as your baby grows and is able to take more breast milk in at each feed.  Just meet your baby’s needs, that is whenever your baby wakes, it usually means feed time.  This can be every 3-4 hours day and night for the next 6 weeks, sounds daunting but so worth it.  This will cement your breastfeeding relationship and you will be feeding like a pro in no time.

Seek advice from a lactation consultant if you need, it may cost you some money but it is well worth the knowledge you will gain from a board certified up-to-date professional who is there for you and your family.  Enjoy the journey, you will have your up days and your down days, but remember the sun will come up each day as will a new set of skills to go with it.  Enjoy the ride and take it day by day, or feed by feed and remember to find professionals who will support you and your new family.

The next post is all about attachment, I know I have talked about this before but I feel it is well worth driving the point home, after all, if you have the attachment right then all other problems will either dissappear or not even surface.

Take care,

Loretta

Mar 7

Hello and welcome to day 2.  The second 24hours is again a time of breastfeeding and rest.  You don’t need to do anything else, you will be breastfeeding day and night giving your baby about 8-12 feeds in a 24 hour period.  Tr

y not to worry too much about lack of sleep as you will catch up later and it WILL get better.

Just remember you are frequently feeding to lay down great foundations for a happy, healthy baby and an abundent milk supply.

This second day will be much the same as day one, however, your baby will be more alert and demanding more.  If your baby falls into the "sleepy" catagory of yesterday (see last post) then he/she might wake towards the end of today and want to play catch ups.  This catch up or ‘cluster feeding’ is really quite clever, it will bring your milk in and you will get lots of practice at attachment.

Beware!  This is the time when a bottle of formula could be offerred — Resist this pressure as it will totally destroy all your breastfeeding efforts, even just one bottle will interfere with your supply and your milk will take longer to come in. 

Your baby’s stomach is the size of a shooter marble or 5-7ml capacity and does not need a huge bottle to fill.  They are designed perfectly — small tummy to match your small amount of colostrum.  Just keep breastfeeing and it will change in the next 24hours, stay with it.  Have a look at the image below, it shows the size of your baby’s stomach and the amount of breast milk it can hold, pretty impressive.

If your baby has formula then yes, he/she will sleep as your baby will be using all their energy to digest the formula.  Their tiny tummy’s don’t recognise the formula and take an obscene abount of time to digest it.  So yes, you may sleep but you will then be on the back foot and your milk supply will be slower to come in thus altering your future capacity to make milk.  This is due to the number of your prolactin receptors being reduced, as you have learnt from my previous post, the more prolactin receptors the more milk you can make.

With the maximum amount of prolactin receptors you will have a great supply and you will be rewarded with short breastfeeds and longer sleeps when your supply is established.  Amazing how babies and mothers are designed, it is perfect,  you just have to give in to your baby’s needs and the rest will follw.

Just a quick note before I go, try to organise it so you get no "non-family" visitors in hospital.  Everyone wants to see a new baby so they will come in droves, but this will tire you out and you will pay during the night.  It is hard to say no when they show up so get your partner to do a ring around before baby is born and ask for no visitors.  Make a time after 2 weeks then everyone can enjoy the visit, your baby included.

Your parents and siblings are an exception as you don’t need to dress up and look "respectable" and you can tell them to leave if you need to.

Just give in to your baby, give in to yourself, stay in your PJ’s and accept help.  Take advantage of the room service and just concentrate on breastfeeding your baby……………you will be rewarded with a happy, contented baby (and mum)!

Look out for my next blog on Days 3-5, lots of great insight that will keep you one step ahead.

Cheers,

Loretta

Feb 21

Hello World,

What an amazing picture above!  It is of a Breastfeeding Tent in Haiti, this tent has been set up as a safe haven for women to breastfeed, recieve education on breastfeeding and emotional support.

Can you believe that a rumour was spread around that a mothers milk goes "bad" if her diet is poor!  This is ridiculus!  In Haiti powdered formula was shipped in to give to these vulnerable babies as a substitue, what they didn’t realise was that the water to mix with the formula was contaminated and would risk the lives of the babies.

These tents were set up by a group called Action Against Hunger who are supported by UNICEF, there are 12 of them and are a life saving measure for the women of Haiti and their newborn baby’s and children.  The mothers can learn how to breastfeed and their baby’s will reap the benefits of the perfect nutrition of breastmilk.

You can read the whole article at this link "Baby Tents offer Haitian mothers a safe place to breastfeed" Enyoy the read.  Or you can click on the following link to watch the video of how the tents are spreading the wonderful word of breastfeeding.  Video – Meeting Urgent Needs of Women with Young Children in Haiti.

Cheers,

Loretta

Feb 5

So you have had your baby and the birth is over – now what?

Well, the best thing you can do is rest and breastfeed, sounds easy doesn’t it?  That is because it is if you give yourself a chance.

This blog is about the fir

st 24 hours after birth.  I will go through the changes in the woman and what is happening within your baby’s first day.

First, just a little on what your baby has coped with.  Your baby’s whole life has changed, he or she is no longer in a dim envionment where everything is slow moving and cramped.  Your baby now has bright lights, space, noise, clothes, nappies, wraps, different people, different smells and the biggest thing is that your baby is now breathing through his/her lungs and no longer receiving nutrients through the cord.

WOW – what a change!  Understanding this is the key to a happy baby.  Just keep everything simple, keep your baby close to you 24 hours a day so you are able to attent to his/her needs immediately.  A crying baby is a late cue, it is great to be near your baby so you can watch for his/her cues and respond early.  Usually all you baby will want is you and your breasts…..Easy!

You will be coping with either pain from a cesarean section or a sore bottom from a vaginal birth.  You will have a heavy blood loss and may have crapmps in your tummy.  But all your physical pains will be pushed by the wayside as you gaze at your beautiful baby.  Just remember to take regular pain relief if needed.  Don’t "try" to go without as the pain will only get worse and this will affect your time with your baby.

Your breasts will be soft and you will be able to express a few drops of colosturm.  You have a small amount of colostrum so as to match the needs of your small baby.  Your baby only needs up to 5 mls per feed, having said that, even 0.1ml will sustain him/her for an hour.  Your baby’s tummy is about the size of a marble, remember this when you think your baby is hungry.  Your baby will fill their tummy quickly then empty it quickly so your baby may want to feed every 1 to 2 hours. 

As a midwife and a Lactation Consultant, the biggest problem I am faced with is expectation, here is an example:

A mother is taken to her room with a cot and a bed.  Society tells them that their baby should feed for a short time then sleep nicely wrapped and in their cot for  4 hours.  But, this never happens!  This will eventuate over time but not when you have just given birth.  Your baby will not like being put down at all because it is so unfamiliar to them.  Think about it, it is common sense to just be with your baby, so make time and space for this. 

Your basic plan should be:

  • Breastfeed your baby whenever he or she starts to poke his/her tounge out or looks ready for a feed.  Don’t wait for crying otherwise it will be harder to attach.
  • Get help with attachment and follow the next few steps
  • Hold your baby really close to your body so his/her chest, bum and legs are wedged up against you almost under your breast.  Leaving no gap between his chest and your chest.  This will allow his head to tilt back and his chin to come into contact with the breast first.  Don’t use pillows to rest your baby on, use pillows when your baby is latched but use them to support you while you are supporting your baby.  This will keep your baby nice and close to you and he/she will maintain a good latch.  Your baby is strong enough to suck but not to hold your breast in position while he/she sucks so you must support your breast as well.  This will prevent your baby from slipping and causing your damage to your nipple.
  • Then put your thumb fairly close to your nipple at the 3 position on a clock or 9 if you are on the other breast.  Then pull back towards your armpit, this will point  the nipple away from your baby and allow him or her to attach to the area on the side of your breast well below your nipple.
  • As you are attach your baby, watch his/her chin the whole time, not your nipple, when he/she has a big wide mouth shove him/her to the breast without allowing the chin to slip toward the nipple.  This will allow your baby to take more breast in his/her mouth at the bottom rather than above the nipple. 
  • When your baby’s chin is jammed into the breast reach his/her mouth over the nipple using your thumb to push it under the top lip.  It will fall into the right spot if the chin stays well below the nipple.

You may encounter a common occurance of a "sleepy baby" for about 48hours.  This can be because of drugs in labour or just that your baby is getting over the birth.  A "sleepy baby" may be concerning for you as they may latch well straight after birth then not latch again until the third day.  Just don’t worry, this is normal.  You cannot force your baby to take the breast you must wait for your baby to wake and feed.  This is hard to do as you will worry that your baby will never breastfeed.  Have faith and do the following steps to turn this time into wonderful time with your baby.

  • Keep your baby skin-to-skin as this will bring out his/her natural instincst to feed.  Just keep your baby at your chest and allow him/her to lick and nuzzle into your breasts, it is such a beautiful feeling.
  • Your main job in this time is to help bring your milk in so when your baby does wake up, and he/she will, you have milk there ready.
  • Try to latch your baby at least every 3 hours during the day and 4 hours at night, if your baby doesn’t latch then hand express your colostrum and give whatever you get to your baby.  You may get 1 ml or your may get 10mls, it doesn’t matter, whatever you have will be enough because you are doing it regulaly.  You can collect the colostrum in a syringe then squirt it into your baby’s mouth.  Get some help from your midwife as hand expressing is a learning skill, you won’t get it straight away.
  • The aim is to get as much into your baby as you can because the more your baby gets the earlier he/she will wake and feed.  It is like if you or I didn’t eat for a long period of time we would get tired due to the lack of calories, babies do the same, they get really tired and will just sleep.  The mistake you can make is that you don’t give your baby any expressed milk and he/she may become too tired and develop jaundice or low blood sugar.  So keep on top of it and you will see that by around the end of the second 48 hours your baby will wake and play catch ups or what we call "cluster feeding".

By breatfeeding or expressing for your baby whenever he/she wants it or at least every three hours then your milk will come in quicker and you will establish a great supply.  The more you breastfeed in the early days the more prolactin receptors you will lay down in your breasts and the better supply you will have in the long term.  You will also get heaps of practice to get attachment right!

Remember it takes a good couple of weeks to get the feeding right and your nipples comfortable with feeding.  Don’t rush yourself, just go at your pace and seek help that works for you.

Just before I go I have another great tip for you.  Your baby only knows you and your partner so keep your baby close to you at all times.  Have your baby skin-to-skin as much as you can, in some hospitals you can sleep with your baby, if not then make sure you have the cot as close to you as possible so you can hear and touch your baby easily. 

One last point is that your baby does not know how to get to sleep.  Your baby will either breastfeed to sleep or will like to be rocked, patted or just held until he/she goes to sleep.  This will NOT spoil your baby it is actually meeting their needs.  If you meet your baby’s needs without restriction you will have a happy contented baby that will grow up secure in the fact that their parents will always be ther for them. 

Just remember to answer your baby’s needs as they arise and lay down a wondererful positive relationship which they have complete trust in.  This will then allow your baby to be separted from you much easily when your baby is older as he/she will have complete faith that you will return as you have created an environment where all your baby’s needs are met….Beautiful!

My next post is all about the next 24hours or day 2 of your little baby’s life.  If you have anymore specific questions then drop me a line, I am happy to answer any questions you have.

Happy Breastfeeding,

Loretta

 

Jan 29

Hello pregnant women and enthusiastic men, welcome to the wonderful world of birth!  I love chatting about birth and I am passionate ab

out women normalising birth and believing in their body.  What amazing, fantastic bodies women have!

In today’s post I would love to give you the best tools that I have found to work as coping strategies during your birthing journey.  If you scroll down to my last post you will find great pieces of information on preparing for your birth, this post is for you during your birth.  Sit back and relax while you learn from my 10years of wisdom with birthing women.

I have personally had the privilege of helping hundreds of women to give birth, I am still in awe of the birthing process and even have a tear in my eyes when I see a baby enter the world today, it is truly beautiful.  Below I will list the stages of labour and what works to relieve pain naturally.  I will not go into medications as I am reserving this post for your natural instincts to come out.  Just remember the best thing to do for yourself in labour is to prepare your mind before hand.  Research different ways in which you can tap into your abundant strengths.  Have a look at my eBook on natural birth if you would like to know a few different avenues to get your education started.

 

Stage 1 – up to 8cm dilated

This stage is the body’s way to get you into the rhythm of labour.  You need to allow yourself to enter your body and become one with your birth.  Allowing this “letting go” will give you strength, it will give you power and it will give you the ability to advance more quickly in your labour.  This stage is your body’s way of gearing up for the whole process.  You body needs a starting point and this is it.  Below is a list of things that you can do during this phase of labour.

  • Rest – help conserve your energy especially if it is the middle of the night.  No need to get up and start pacing the floor and waking everyone up.  Just stay in bed and breath as you contractions slowly was over you in waves.  If you stay relaxed during these early contractions you will be much more likely to stay relaxed as labour progresses forward.

  • Think positive thoughts – tell yourself you can do this and give yourself encouragement.  It is a lot better than fearing what is to come.  Your power is in the moment, you can set yourself for your birth just by the way you think about how it is going in the present moment.

  • If during the day – continue with your daily activities this will normalise everything.  Eat, drink, and move around, do the washing, gardening or take a nice walk in the park.  Make sure you have someone around that will mirror your calm demeanour; this will help you to stay calm.

  • Water – when the contractions start to pick up, thank your body for moving forward in your birth journey, this will empower you and help keep you positive.  Also have showers or a bath to relax; I would avoid the bath if you have just started contractions as this can cause them to halt.  The shower is a great way to stay centred and relaxed as you feel the running water on your body.

  • Massage and touch – get your partner to massage you (have a look at my previous post to learn some great tips with massage).  Relax while they touch you and think of how your wonderful body is responding to your birth.  Touch your belly and talk to your baby, ask your baby to work with you as a team so your labour can be quick, easy and empowering.

     

Transition – 8cm to fully dilated

During this part of stage1 your body will be transitioning to allow your baby to enter the world.  Your will feel like you are on a roller coaster of contractions that seem never ending.  I find the best way to cope with this is to just turn within.  Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath.  Say to yourself over and over that it you can do it and you are nearly there.  Hold your partners hand and focus on their strong, capable hands that will help you through this.  Just remember this stage is short lived and is bringing you closer to the joy of seeing your baby for the first time.

 

Stage 2 – fully dilated to the birth of your baby

You feel wide awake and alert in this stage so you should take advantage of this and really listen to your midwife.  The key to this stage is position change.  Use gravity to help your baby come down the birth canal and change positions often to maximise your pelvic outlet.  When you feel the huge urge to push, just allow your body to do it and go with it.  It is really like opening your bowels, this is where you need to push.  And yes, most women do open their bowels when pushing but don’t worry it is meant to happen and normal.  Try sitting on the toilet when you feel the urge to open your bowls, it is a good place to push and you won’t feel like you need to hold back.

 

 

Stage 3 – the birth of your placenta

Ahhhhhh, this feels so great!!  Just concentrate on breastfeeding your baby as this will release oxytocins in your blood stream and you will have a little contraction that will release your placenta and it will slide out.  No bones in this one!  Your midwife will coach you when you are birthing your placenta.  Just make sure you ask to look at it, it is a wonderful organ that has kept your baby alive and growing.  You might even like to take it home and bury it under your favourite tree to honour this magnificent part of your pregnancy.

 

Well, I hope this has helped you during your labour.  Let me know if you used something else that I haven’t written and that other women can learn from. 

Take care and enjoy your birth,

Loretta

 

Jan 22



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to help you plan for your birth.  This list will help keep you organised and also make you aware of some of the most important things you must know before you have your baby.  I have broken it up into 3 parts, Preparation for Birth, Preparation for breastfeeding and preparation for taking your baby home.

 

Preparation for Birth

1.        Positive Mindset – Change thought patterns to positives by recognising what you fear and then counteract this with a   positive affirmation.  Repeat this 100’s of times a day so all you think of is positive thoughts.  Believe in your body and your baby, you were able to get pregnant therefore, you will be able to give birth.  Your body is a powerful and you are too, remember this and trust in it.  See my blog post on Staying Positive. 

2.       Position of your Baby – Adopt positions where your belly hangs.  Your baby’s back is heavy and allowing your belly to hang will bring your baby’s back towards the front of your belly.  This will cause your baby to tuck its head in towards its chest and the smallest part of its head will sit on the cervix evenly allowing you to go into labour without too much delay and make your labour quicker and more regular.  Gentle walking will keep you fit and ready for your journey of birth.  Yoga and stretching will help keep your muscles supple and allow you to be in any position that is comfortable to you during your birth.  Purchase a DVD that you can use at home or go to a pregnancy yoga class to learn great stretches and breathing techniques. 

3.       Good Support People – Have your partner present but also have a midwife or a doula whom you can trust to attend your birth.  Whether you are at home or in hospital, having a person that is a constant during your birth and someone you trust will allow you to switch off and go inwards to your birthing body.  This will give you a quicker labour and a great outcome. 

4.       Practice Massage – This is fun, get your partner to massage your lower back and shoulders and let him/her to find out what you like, this will help in your birth as you will used to their touch.  When you are being massaged, learn to relax and go into a state of complete calm.  This will be a trigger for you when you are in labour, as soon as your partner touches you, your body will know to relax.

 

Preparation for Breastfeeding

1.        Inspect your Breasts – You don’t need to do anything to physically prepare your breasts, they are perfect just as they are.  Just stand in the mirror and look at them, look at the shape, the nipple and feel them, get used to holding them in your hand.  They will be doing an amazing job of completely nourishing your baby.  Only a very small percentage of women cannot breastfeed and it is usually because of a medical condition.  If you were able to get pregnant and you have had breast changes during your pregnancy then you will be able to breastfeed.  

 2.       Learn about Attachment – Attaching your baby to your breast correctly is the most important part of breastfeeding.  If your baby is attached correctly he/she will get enough milk, will stimulate you to produce more, will sleep and prevent nipple damage.  Look out for my next couple of blogs where I will be talking about attachment.  A good resource is www.drjacknewman.com 

3.       Go to an Antenatal Breastfeeding Class – Attending a class on breastfeeding will put you miles ahead.  The class will go through attachment and positioning but the main focus should be on what to expect in the first few weeks.  If you are prepared then if won’t seem difficult and you will know what you are doing.  Learning to breastfeed when  you have gone through labour and are sleep deprived is difficult, take some of the pressure off and learn about the basics before you have your baby.

 

Preparation for Taking your Baby Home

1.        Support – Don’t be worried if you haven’t got it all sorted before you leave hospital, breastfeeding will take at least 2 weeks before you feel really confident.  Take the pressure off yourself and make sure you know where you can turn if you have problems when you get home.  Find out where your local child health clinic is or where you can find a lactation consultant.  Make sure you get support early so any problems don’t turn into big ones. 

2.       Learn the basics of Breastfeeding – Make sure you know how to attach your baby correctly on your own, you may need some help arranging pillows once you have baby attached but your partner can do this.  Stay in hospital until your milk comes in (about day 3) as this can pose some challenges if you become engorged and tight.  Your midwife or lactation consultant at the hospital can give you advice on this.  Please stay in hospital or if at home, have help handy when you are learning to feed, it is these early days that your nipples can get damaged to you want to prevent this as best as you can.  Remember, you have never had anyone sucking on your breasts so you are going to feel a little tender, this will get better as your breasts settle down and get used to feeding.  Give it time, it won’t magically happen overnight, be kind to yourself and remember that breastfeeding is a learned behaviour.  My next couple of blogs will give  you great insight into the first few days of your baby’s life. 

3.       Sleep – You will be sleep deprived but your body will get used to this.  Try and sleep as much as possible when your baby is down.  Don’t stay up all day and expect to sleep all night.  Your baby won’t sleep through the night until at least 4 months as they need breast during this time.  Your baby may not sleep through until they are 3years of age or older, don’t worry you will get there.  Just maximise the time when you can sleep.  Get your partner to put your baby to bed so you can breastfeed and then go straight to sleep.  I know it is hard to sleep every time your baby does so choose once or twice during the day where you can rest, then go to bed early at night.  It will get better, just go with it. 

I hope this list has given you some food for thought.  I have compiled it using my 23 years of registered nursing, midwifery and lactation consultant experience.  If you have any further questions on birth or breastfeeding or anything please leave me an email, I would love to help.

Take care and happy mothering,

Loretta

 

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