Today, Sioned offers some expert advice on getting breastfeeding established and choosing a breast pump to suit your family life.
Question: I'd love to give breastfeeding a go but would also like to invest in a breast pump so my husband can help and little girl can get involved with feeding and bonding. Can you give me some tips on breastfeeding and a breast pump recommendation?
Answer: The first thing is to have a belief that you are feeding your baby now during pregnancy and your body has the ability to feed after birth through breastfeeding. It is not always as easy as it seems, there can be challenges and you are bound to hear a mix of stories and personal experiences. The important thing is to believe in yourself and your body, with perseverance and a good support network, you will be fine.
Here are some key pieces of advice to help you:
- Get breastfeeding off to a great start with getting help to feed your baby in the delivery room and during those first days.
- No question is silly so make sure you voice all your worries and concerns.
- Lots of frequent feeds with good positioning and latch will minimize tender nipples, help both you and your baby to learn to breastfeed and get better at it. It also helps your milk come to volume, you will have lots of milk available in the first 2 weeks, the blueprint for your breastmilk capabilities for as long as you want to feed.
- These early days are really important and getting lots of help and support really will make a difference. If your baby is sleepy, you are sore, baby not feeding, it will have an impact on your supply so finding a local breast feeding group, having your midwife’s contact number and helplines to hand when you are unsure is helpful.
Choosing a Breast Pump:
- If things are a bit challenging, we would recommend that you look at hiring the Symphony Breast Pump to support your milk production in the first few weeks after birth, double pumping will get you off to the best start.
- If you are established and feeding is going well, a Swing Maxi double pump would provide you the option of breastfeeding, whilst occasionally expressing.
- If you are looking at only pumping a few times a week then a single pump would suit your needs, for example the Swing Electric.
- For more information on choosing the right pump look at the infographic below or visit the Medela website page: Reasons for Using A Breast Pump