I’ve just loved breastfeeding my three children, it’s such a special feeling knowing that you can grow a baby with your milk! You spend so much time feeding in the early days, but with all those feel good hormones surging through you, you just gaze down at your baby as you’re feeding him and you really feel this connection and bond, which is the best feeling ever!
While it’s true that babies will get used to the feel of their own mother’s nipples, there are some nipple shapes that can be more difficult than others when learning to attach bubs to the breast. Inverted and flat nipples are the two most talked-about shape challenges, so here are a couple of tricks I’ve learnt to achieve the best possible latch.
Knowing you have enough milk to satisfy and nourish your bub is most mums’ No. 1 concern. So imagine the devastation a woman feels when she finds out her supply is lacking and her bub is going hungry? According to the 2010 Australian Infant Feeding Survey, 56.3% of mums stop breastfeeding to due “not enough breast milk”. There are lots of reasons why a mama’s boobie milk isn’t flowing as it should be, and many, many of the issues faced are actually preventable, or fixable with the right help and support. Here's why your supply may be low together with tips on how to increase milk supply.
Breastfeeding isn’t always easy, so if you encounter a hiccup, it’s always best to ask for help early, to avoid things spiraling out of control. In a recent Australian Breastfeeding Association poll, more than 90% of breastfeeding mothers sought professional help with breastfeeding in their baby’s first 6 months, so if you need some guidance, remember you’re not alone