Mums’ share their top tips and pearls of wisdom on breastfeeding and feeding
“Invest in a breast pump. I found it was a great way to get my husband involved with looking after our baby and it gave me a break during the night. Plus, once I went back to work I was able to continue expressing.”
Lauren, 34, mum to Sara, 1
"Caidence likes all foods because I fed her on all sorts of combinations. Don’t leave it too late to try them on different foods."
Tasmin, 23, mum to Caidence, 15 months and 21 weeks pregnant
"Breastfeeding may be natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to come naturally. If you’re struggling and thinking of giving up, try asking for help first. There are so many great organisations out there, like La Leche League. They got me through sore nipples in the first weeks and I’m still breastfeeding six months later!"
Sally, 24, mum to Katie, 6 months
"Have the courage not to breastfeed every time they cry. There are other things that will soothe them."
Jain, 41, mum to Reef, 9 months
"If you’re breastfeeding, invest in some nipple cream. I didn’t use it for my firstborn and had terribly cracked and sore nipples. It’s been a godsend for my second pregnancy!"
Rebecca, 29, mum to Ben, 3 and Bella, 6 months
“Remember that although breastfeeding is natural, it doesn’t always come naturally to us at first. But there is help out there from organisations such as The Breastfeeding Network, the NCT and La Leche League, so don’t be shy to ask for it.”
Gill Rogers, 33, mum to Austen, 18 months
“Persevere with breastfeeding because it’s an unbelievable experience. And make the most of the help on hand. And do your pelvic floor exercises – I’m a physio and have seen the consequences of women who haven’t!”
Katherine Frame, 29, mum to Chloe, 2 months
“Invest in a breastfeeding support pillow. I was struggling with the right position to feed in until I borrowed a friend’s. Then everything fell into place. It’s more comfortable for you and your baby, and that makes feeding a much more enjoyable experience.”
Rachel Jamieson, 29, mum to Lorrie, 5 months
“If you’re having problems breastfeeding, see if there is a breastfeeding group in your area. I had a nightmare establishing breastfeeding, but after just a few visits to a local group I felt much better about things. I realised I wasn’t alone and we all helped each other.”
Fiona, 32, mum to Laura, 9 months
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