There are lots of groups and drop-ins, some specially designed for pregnant women who want to know more about breastfeeding.You can find out more by asking your midwife, health visitor, local peer supporter or GP. Having skin-to-skin contact with your baby straight after the birth will help to keep them warm and calm, and steady their breathing.
It will help you feel more confident when you start breastfeeding your baby.
I didn’t know that working through the horrors of breastfeeding would open up a whole new world of parenting and conspiracy. “He needs to pee or you can’t be discharged,” the nurse told me. She said it was important for him to pee and he is fussy because he is hungry. I wasn’t making much milk because he didn’t need much milk. However, she didn’t seem worried that my baby had now been drinking formula for every feeding. He would scream, wiggle around, unlatch, push away and cry, cry and cry.
I didn’t know that when the nurses said I had to give my baby formula that they were motivated by a machine so big and powerful that these medical professionals themselves believed that this was the best thing for my baby. Each nurse on shift would come in and say “I’m worried he hasn’t peed.” So naturally, I worried. She suggested that I give him formula to help him pee. I don’t know if there are mothers out there that are OK with their babies being hungry, but I doubt it. In order to make more milk I needed him to nurse, not suck on a bottle. “Nurse for 15-20 minutes on each side then give him a bottle of formula” everyone said.
In the first few days, you and your baby will be getting to know each other.
It may take time for both of you to get the hang of breastfeeding.
I read a lot on the subject and knew it could be hard work. I was terrified one day he would just stop all together. You see, at that time formula companies were trying to make a profit.
It was on my birth plan and the nurses were on board. I began to breastfeed in public as much as possible. Recently he was sick and we were trying to supplement some water after nursing sessions due to dehydration. The beginning months are just a faded memory now, but I remember the feelings: the fear, the disappointment, the anxiety, the sadness, the guilt and shame. There is so much guilt and shame surrounding this topic of breastfeeding.
You don’t need to make an appointment, simply drop in and have a cup of tea and a chat.
Fire up your laptop and you’ll instantly have tonnes of information at your fingertips – no matter what time of day or night it is.
Additionally, holding your little one close can also help regulate his heart rate, temperature and even breathing for an easier transition out of the womb.
Best of all, these first few moments of skin-to-skin contact make a perfect time for first moments of breastfeeding and nursing.