Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be extremely rewarding, but during those early days some women may encounter problems. Our expert midwives have brought together advice and tips which you can use from pregnancy to those early days and weeks of being a new mum, helping you to feel like you again.

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At My Expert Midwife we are helping you with our 5 steps to prepare and recover from childbirth, Step 5 is providing you with useful tools and information to overcome possible challenges in the early days of breastfeeding.

  • Hand expressing or colostrum harvesting can be started from 36/37 weeks of pregnancy, to give you a head start
  • The first hour after birth can often be when your baby is most receptive to feeding, try to get uninterrupted skin to skin time to help this process
  • Ask family members and friends who breastfed to share their stories about what worked and didn’t work for them, so you can try different techniques

To find out more about our 5 steps on how to prepare and recover from childbirth, follow the link.

  1. Encountering problems in the early days of breastfeeding is common, but many can be resolved with advice and support (see below for support services)
  2. Hand expressing or colostrum harvesting can be started from 36/37 weeks of pregnancy
  3. Baby wearing can help your baby to have easier access to breastfeeding
  4. Investing in a well-fitting nursing bra can help to prevent problems such as blocked milk ducts and/or mastitis.
  5. Up to 10% of babies can have some form of tongue-tie when they are born, this may affect their ability to breastfeed

For more information read the full blog here

Want to learn more about colostrum harvesting?

Colostrum is the first breastmilk that your baby receives after being born when breastfeeding. It is high in calories and full of antibodies to help develop your baby’s immune system. Collecting and storing colostrum, from around 36/37 weeks of pregnancy can be a great back up plan if baby doesn’t breastfeed well initially.

We offer live webinars on colostrum harvesting that are delivered by our registered midwives, these 40-60 minute classes will help you learn about techniques for hand expressing colostrum, how to collect it and how to store it.

To book your place click HERE

Available Support

If you are struggling with breastfeeding there are local and online resources available

  • La Leche League provide meetings with other breastfeeders (currently on zoom), online, telephone or text support.
  • Baby Cafe offer support remotely, put in your postcode to find what is available close to you.
  • Breastfeeding network have helplines and an online chat facility.
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