If you’re thinking about breastfeeding, you probably have a lot of questions you want to ask. We’ve compiled this useful guide to take you through every step of your breastfeeding journey and equip you with all the information you need to get started.

 

Breastfeeding Fact vs Fiction

First up, there are a lot of myths and stories told about breastfeeding – some true, some… not so much. Let’s debunk a couple of those myths and separate the fact from the fiction.
 

New mums product milk straight away

This isn’t strictly true. It actually takes 3-5 days for new mothers to start producing milk, however brand new mums do produce a concentrated liquid called colostrum which can also feed their newborns.

Milk comes in later following a c-section

It depends. If you have a particularly stressful birth and are pushing for hours, followed by an emergency c-section, you may notice your milk takes a little longer than 3-5 days to appear.

Breastfeeding issues are completely normal

True. Many women struggle with breastfeeding at first. From latch issues to painful nipples, there are hurdles to overcome. Luckily, there are plenty of support groups in local communities as well as online to help you through the difficult times.

Breastfeeding causes your boobs to sag

Not true. Studies have shown that number of pregnancies, rather than breastfeeding, is what can actually cause your breasts to sag.

 
If you still have breastfeeding questions, NHS has multiple online resources dedicated to answering all your breastfeeding questions or concerns. Ultimately, if you feel unsure or concerned about any breastfeeding matters, get in touch with your midwife or GP!

 

Breastfeeding Stats

  • Did you know the UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world? Just over a third (34%) of babies are fed with breast milk, compared to one of the highest rates in Sweden of 62%. (source: Nuffield Health)
  • Portugal has the highest percentage of babies under 5 months fed exclusively on breast milk, at 34%. (source: Nuffield Health)
  • In Scotland, breastfeeding rates have risen from 32% in 2010 to 43% in 2017 as a result of the national infant feeding strategy. (source: Unicef)

 

What To Read: The Best Breastfeeding Books

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

This highly-praised book offers technical and practical advice to expectant mothers and those struggling to breastfeed.

The New Pregnancy Bible: The Experts’ Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood

A comprehensive guide to everything a new parent needs to know – including tips on successful breastfeeding.

Feeding Your Baby Day by Day: From First Tastes to Family Meals Hardcover by Fiona Wilcock

This colourful book offers solid advice about weaning and then what foods you can start to introduce to your baby’s diet.

 

Breastfeeding Lifesavers

There are certain items breastfeeding mothers should never be without. Here are some of the most important things you’ll need to make sure your breastfeeding goes smoothly…

 

A Nursing Pillow or Support Wedge

Breastfeeding can be uncomfortable at the best of times, so get a little helping hand with one of our nursing pillows or support wedges to prop up you and your baby.

 

Breast Pump and Sterile Bottles

Choose from manual or electric pumps and store up breast milk for use on the go.

 

Breastfeeding Cape

If you want to breastfeed discreetly, using a cape is just the ticket. Stylish and comfortable, these breastfeeding capes can go anywhere with you.

 

Nipple Shields

As mentioned, when breastfeeding nipples can get a bit… well, ouchy! Make the process considerably less painful, with these nifty nipple shields.

 

Lactogenic Smoothies

Did you know certain foods can encourage the production of breast milk? Innovative company Boo.b have harnessed the power of these ingredients to create delicious smoothies which also help you lactate.

 


World Breastfeeding Week 2018

This article is part of PreciousLittleOne’s initiative for World Breastfeeding Week 2018. From handpicked products to useful advice and handy guides – we are covering all your breastfeeding needs!

 

 

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About the author: Olivia

Olivia is 29 years old and a proud mum of 2 year old twin boys, Liam and Eli. She lives with her fiance, Ben, in Clapham. She works part time as a dental assistant, while Ben is a Software Developer. Living in London can be tough sometimes with 2 very active boys but with a bit of planning and budgeting, it's amazing how much you can do!

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