Whoever said breastfeeding was a walk in the park LIED!! Well at least for lots of women anyway.

That latch that midwives go on about sooooo much is so important because…

▪️ If the latch isn’t quite right your nipples can become sore and even cracked.

▫️ Your baby won’t be getting enough of a milk supply if the latch isn’t quite right which means that your baby may not be getting enough milk and this can also in turn reduce your supply.

Both the above can make breastfeeding VERY challenging.

Look at the way the mother in this photo is holding her baby. Just like we do when we grab a drink we tilt our head back- so the best way to hold your baby whilst feeding is by not holding the back of their head… Sounds like an alien concept though, right? Growing up we are encouraged to “hold the baby’s head!!!!” where as during breastfeeding this isn’t the case and supporting them by their shoulders and neck instead is a better way to encourage and support feeding.

We know how important feeding is to new parents and their babies, be that breast or bottle. So we’ve roped in Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife Sue to come and share her tips with you at antenatal class. You know lack of support is thought to be the biggest reasons why mothers choosing and wishing to breastfeed end up stopping, which is why we have your back ❤️ we think if you want to do it, it helps if your breastfeeding journey starts in pregnancy so it’s always included at antenatal.

Another tip for pregnant mothers is to head over to a breastfeeding support group in your area whilst you are on maternity leave before baby arrives. This is so that when you need to go there for breastfeeding support, you have already met some people there, you already know where you’re going and where to park. By doing this you’ll really be helping your sleep deprived & emotional future self.

Here’s a list of Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Support Network Groups in and around Gloucestershire.

https://gbsn.org.uk/groups/

Breastfeeding ain’t no walk in the park… Anyone got any great tips on feeding for new parents?

Join in on the conversation here.

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