- Breast feeding can hurt initially….
- Ask to see the hospital Lactation Consultant (LC) as soon as possible
- Bring a nursing pillow
Breast feeding is a learnt skill for both mum and baby. You may not be ready to breastfeed and your baby may not be born ready to breast feed.
It may take some time for them to latch, and sometimes they are too sleepy, but cut yourself some slack, you will get there.
Sometimes when your little one is not latching properly you can cause pain in your nipples. Remember this can be fixed and assisted, by using lanolin cream, rest and remember you can speak with your hospital’s lactation consultant (This really helped me).
Nothing will prepare you for the real deal, but take notes and see what works for you.
And don’t forget, be patient. Be kind to yourself. You will get this! You are a bad ass mum.
Here are some of my recommendations;
Nourishing Nipple Balms: https://endotaspa.com.au/nourishing-nipple-balm.html
Breast Feeding Pillow: https://www.babybunting.com.au/my-brest-friend-dlx-feeding-pillow-heather-grey.html
Find a Lactation Consultant near you: https://www.lcanz.org/find-a-lactation-consultant/