It's time for week two of my contribution posts for Keep Britain Breastfeeding!
This week's focus is on Mum-to-Mum tips. Let's see...What tips do I have that I can share with other mums...
1.) Dress in layers. You could go out and spend money on special nursing tops, but there's really no need. Layer a cami under your shirt, and you'll be able to lift your shirt to nurse while keeping your tummy covered.
2.) Practice "discrete" nursing at home so you feel more comfortable nursing in public. With a little practice, you'll soon be such a pro no one will even know your baby is nursing, they'll just think she's getting a nice little snuggle. There are covers you can purchase to give you and your baby some privacy, but some babies just won't be hidden, and once your baby is older, they will want to see what's going on around them.
3.) Get a good carrier. Not one of those horrible Baby Bjorn things, a good carrier like an Ergo, a Moby wrap or a GypsyMama wrap. This will help you nurse hands free which means you can chase your toddler at the park while your baby gets a mid-morning snack, and hopefully falls asleep for a nice mid-morning nap.
4.) RELAX! Don't stress. Your baby will pick up on the stress and get upset and stressed out too. Take a breath, and be calm. This isn't supposed to be a difficult thing. Yes, there are things that can go wrong, there are hurdles that you may have to maneuver, but over all, it is pretty easy compared to bottles and formula.
5.) Don't let an upcoming trip get in the way of your nursing goals. It's easier to travel while nursing than formula feeding, all you have to pack if you're nursing is your boobs (and I would hope you'd be bringing those anyway). If you're formula feeding, you have to pack bottles, spare nipples, liners, bottle brushes, formula, water to mix the formula, spare bibs and outfits in case the bottle leaks... There's probably more you'd have to bring, but I can't remember ever traveling very far with my oldest because it was too much of a hassle to pack all that stuff.
The best thing about breastfeeding is there are as many different tips as there are breastfeeding mums, because something different works for everyone. Some of these tips might work for you, and some might not. If you'd like to see more tips, check out these blogs:
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