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Parenting Tips - Breastfeeding advice
Here are a few MEGATIPS to help spread the pleasure of feeding
the little one AND to getting a good nights kip!
Once you both (you and baby) get the hang of it, it's a synch!
In short, your milk starts to flow once your "let down reflex"
It's a signal sent to the brain to tell the breasts to start the
flowing, otherwise you would be walking around like a pair of taps
You may even find your milk will start to flow in reply to
baby in the middle of a supermarket! Wear good quality pads at all
to avoid embarrassment!
The let down reflex works on both breasts at the same time, so buy
shells to wear over one as you feed baby on the other. These are
plastic covers, the size and shape of a donut and you place them
nipple while you feed baby on the other side and the milk drips
hollow. You will pick up precious drops that can emptied into
trays and frozen! A little bit here and a little bit there soon
bottle! After a while, you might be able to catch 4oz of milk per
in the shell!
Now, once you have cracked the first 6 weeks, you will be in a
where the body should be producing as much milk as your baby
this is the time to think about expressing. Buy a good kit, mine
from Avent and I found it very easy to use. It looks a bit like a
pack cupboard when you first unpack it, but don't worry! It's not
as it looks.
Many ladies try expressing once or twice and if they get nowhere,
give up.....DONT GIVE UP....you just need learn how to trigger
off with that let down reflex I talked about!
Set yourself up with the sterilised pump (mine was manual, but you
electric too) AND a breast shell. Put the shell on one and sit
comfortably on the sofa or bed. Put on a video of your new born,
preferably one where they are making a bit or noise!! HEHE a good
is perfect! Also, have some baby clothes to hand, maybe something
have just worn, so it has their smell on it. Smell the clothes and
the video, maybe look at a few photos of baby too and before you
your body will think "Hey, it's time to feed". Keep pumping the
one pump every few seconds and the brain will eventually think
Being relaxed is the key here. Don't worry if it doesn't happen
straight away. Try again another time. If you can manage it (and
can, it's just practise) express WHILE baby is actually feeding!
The bottom line is this, if you can get a good 9 oz off, your
take baby for that ghost shift feed and maybe you can get a clear
hours sleep!!! When you wake up, your breasts will be nicely full
because YOU have had such a great sleep!! Feed baby and express at
same time and you will have another good bottle for that night and
cycle goes! If you get excess milk, freeze it. After a while, you
bank up enough to have a well deserved evening out. A well trusted
sitter would be giving baby as good a feed as if it came from you!
enjoy your restful evening, the body is relaxed, you have more
make more milk and the cycle goes on!
It all falls into place after 6 weeks - speak to your midwife for
support and help you need, they are delighted to help!
Sent in by Tracey Smith from France for 'The Mommies Contest'