As a mum who breastfed 2 babies, I can give you a few tips on what to do when you face a problem. Before you choose to breastfeed or formula feed, please educate yourself about the unmatched benefits of breastfeeding (for you and your baby). In my opinion, supplemental feeding should be introduced only if absolutely necessary. Nowadays there are many support groups, free advice, webinars and breastfeeding tools that can help you initiate and continue to breastfeed. By breastfeeding, you’re giving your newborn an excellent start in life and helping your body to heal after giving birth, in addition to the many health benefits it provides both mum and baby. While breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, it doesn’t always come easy, especially in the beginning. Let’s look at a few common problems you may face.
- Pain: Pain during feeding could mean a bad latch or tongue tie. Have your latch checked by a professional as soon as possible to rule out any issues. Try not to stop if you can bare a little pain. If the pain cannot be tolerated, pump so you can feed your baby your breastmilk. Use a bottle with a nipple that promotes a breastfeeding latch and stimulate baby to start suction.
- Engorgement: Engorgement is very common in the first six weeks and usually settles down once your supply is established. It can be relieved by feeding or expressing (pump or hand).
- Feeding on demand: Many mums think if their baby feeds very often it means their milk is not enough. It’s more likely baby is suckling to increase your supply ready for a growth spurt. If feeding on demand doesn’t work for you, read about breastfeeding on a schedule. This can help you continue breastfeeding while you go on with your busy life.
- Medication: If you’re sick and get prescribed medication, ask your doctor if you should continue or temporarily stop breastfeeding. While you can’t plan on not to get sick, you can plan on storing milk supply in the event that you get sick and cannot breastfeed.
Choosing the right baby bottle for the above scenarios is very important. Bare® Air-free baby bottles are designed to help mums feed their babies without causing nipple confusion or gas and colic. Bare’s Perfe-latch nipple supports breastfeeding by promoting a (wide) latch, and by extending & dispensing upon suction only. Bare’s unique syringe-like/anti-colic technology feeds baby Air-free milk & in any position. An upright feeding position is recommended to help prevent even the most severe gas & colic.
If you have any worries, I’d recommend seeking help (see links above), find your local lactation consultant, midwife or health visitor. When your supply is still establishing, it’s vital to nip any problems in the bud swiftly to ensure a successful breastfeeding relationship. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.