The trick to breast feeding
The trick is getting help early if you feel that breast feeding is just not going as you planned. It is seen to be such an easy thing and that we as women should know innately how to do. But this isn't so, for some it does come very easy and then for others not so easy. When I was a first time mum I struggled and had the worst case of sore and cracked nipples, I pushed on through it until I received help from my sister who showed me how to get my whole nipple in bubs mouth, this changed everything.
If bub is unhappy on the boob which will look like crying, gulping, fussing on and off or just plan red faced and frustrated then latching is probably not happening as well as it could. Sometimes bub can be plagued with bad wind symptoms after a feed so there could be something around the attachment or the position in which baby is laying.
If you are getting sore and cracked nipples or hard patches in your breasts because the milk is not escaping, then it's time to seek a professional who deals with this as a career.
Luckily in the hospitals they are watching for any breast feeding problems these days but as we tend to go home so quickly things can get missed.
I can highly recommend Tamika who is a lactation consultant here on the Gold Coast who has dedicated her training and career to improve education for women around breast feeding.
Don't be shy to reach out, getting help early will make breast feeding the joy it is meant to be.
I would love to hear of any tips that you have discovered around your breast feeding experience.
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