Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers
Our new La Maman Wedge nursing pillow helps to provide new mothers the support they need during breastfeeding sessions. Created specifically with the needs of nursing mamas, the pillow curves around the body to support the baby and mum's arms during a feeding session. While we know that breastfeeding requires more than a pillow to be successful, we hope La Maman Wedge will alleviate the whole experience.
To help you further succeed on your breastfeeding journey, here are some of the top breastfeeding tips we found for nursing mums.
Ask for help with housework
Breastfeeding can be both exhausting and time-consuming. This is the time to call for backup. Whilst you may not be letting many people into your home right now, don't be shy in asking your partner to do the heavy lifting in the housework and errands department. If you have older children, now is the time to encourage them to earn their allowance and pick up some extra chore work.
Take care of your skin
One of the most common complaints of breastfeeding mums is dry, cracked and irritated nipples. Find a purified lanolin nipple cream or ointment to help moisturise and nourish in between nursing sessions.
Always have water handy
Breastfeeding is thirsty work! Keep yourself hydrated, day and night with a bottle of water nearby for whenever you need it. When you're packing a changing bag with everything baby needs for a day out, it's easy to forget about yourself. Always take some water, and a couple of oaty snacks or bananas to keep you going. Your body needs TLC too!
Set up a nursing station
Feeding sessions can take up to 45 minutes a time. Set yourself up with anything you will need within arm's reach: Snacks, water, TV, your phone, a nursing pillow and a comfy blanket if you get chilly. This is also a good time to get recommendations for Netflix series to binge.
Remember which breast to start feeding with
New mums have a lot on their sleep-deprived minds. A best practice when breastfeeding is to start the feeding session with the opposite breast you started with the last time. In order to help you remember, try putting a bracelet on the respective arm of the breast you just fed with first, or tie a ribbon around your bra strap.
Your baby's feet
Weird, but true fact: experts say that babies nurse better when their feet are touching something, as it can make them feel more secure. When you're feeding your little one, make sure their feet are pressed against your arm or a pillow.
It can take a village
Ultimately, breastfeeding is a marathon, not a sprint. Take it easy on yourself and don't compare your nursing success to that of your friend or sister-in-law. Raising a child can take a village, so don't be afraid to enlist the help of a lactation consultant if needed, or visit laleche.org.uk for free breastfeeding advice and support.
La Maman Wedge is a stylish accent cushion and a smartly designed nursing pillow in disguise. Baby bonding time gets taken to new heights with this cradling pillow that curves around the body to support baby or mum’s arms during nursing sessions. You won’t mind leaving this chic nursing pillow out on the couch when company stops by.