Breastfeeding can be a challenge, no matter what the circumstances. But for busy mums on the go, mums who work, or those who have other little ones in tow, nursing your bubs can seem downright impossible.
The good news is that even with a stacked schedule, breastfeeding is possible. Today we’re sharing some of the top tips we have gotten from experienced breastfeeding mums to help your breastfeeding journey be a successful one.
If you and your bubs are comfortable feeding in almost any environment, then you may not need to do much planning. But if you will be away from your baby for a few hours, or if you aren’t too comfortable feeding in public, a bit of preparation will help.
In some situations, you may need to pump at work. By law, employers are obligated to give Australian mums time and a comfortable space in which to pump, like in your office or a conference room.
Breastfeeding while lounging on the couch is one thing. But breastfeeding in less comfortable public places can immediately result in sore shoulders, a throbbing neck, and a painful back.
The cradle hold is a classic, but it may not be the kindest for your body if you’re sitting on a hard park bench or out on the lawn.
Don’t trust your memory when it comes to which breast your bubs fed from last. There are a number of apps available that can help you keep track, or you can try one of the oldest tricks in the book: the hair tie.
Chances are you’ll need a hair tie to keep your bub’s wandering, grabbing hands from pulling fistfuls of your hair while you feed anyway. Put one hair tie on your wrist to pull your hair back, and keep another one on your wrist for feeding. Alternate which wrist it’s on to coincide with which breast you should be feeding from next.
Privacy and discretion are two things breastfeeding mums crave when nursing their babies. Instead of placing a blankie over your child’s head (which many babies won’t tolerate), struggling with the neckline of your top, or fiddling with clasps on your bra, invest in your comfort by purchasing some good quality breastfeeding attire.
Our final tip: never be afraid to reach out and get help. Breastfeeding may be natural, but that doesn’t mean it always comes naturally. Talk about it with loved ones and other mamas, and don’t forget to pay a visit to your GP or a lactation consultant for further advice.
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The sizing & fit of Peachymama nursing clothes are specially designed for you and your ‘after baby’ body. This means that if you were say, an AU/UK ’S’ (8-10) before bubs came along, you’ll most likely be the same now in Peachymama sizing.
Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, waist and hips. When measuring your bust we recommend you wear your nursing bra.
|FRONT RISE||28||11||29||11 1/2||30||11 3/4||31||12|
|INSIDE LEG||76||30||77||30 1/3||78||30 2/3||79||31|
* 'Inside Leg' is the measurement that indicates the pant's length.
** The 'Front Rise' is the measurement from your crotch to your belly button.
In the video, Taryn wears size 12/14 (Medium)
Questions? Call Lesa 1300 473 224 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm AEST.)