Five Tips for Pregnant Mamas-to-be!

My sister is pregnant, and she has a blog post request! How exciting is that?! She has asked me to write a post discussing the top five things that a pregnant mother should know about breastfeeding.

It is always quite the balancing act when speaking with pregnant mamas. How much information do you provide? Which pieces of information will actually sink in and be relevant when a little baby is still happily inside its mama's tummy? Should we really discuss potential difficulties or simply go with the positive affirmations and self-belief concept? So I've decided to focus on only the first few hours and days after birth. Have you imagined your first breastfeed? Imagine it! It will be beautiful.

My Top Five Tips

1. The breast crawl
My second little bubba, after his first breastfeed. 
Immediately after birth, babies are capable of a 'breast crawl'. They use their surprisingly strong little feet and legs to push their way up to your breast, and then bob their little head around until they land on your breast, latching on themselves to your nipple entirely unassisted. It is incredible to watch! The only thing that would make me consider a third baby is the chance to try a breast-crawl after birth -- babies are such incredible things! Allow your baby to have uninterrupted skin-to-skin time with you post-birth (no weighing, measuring, bathing, etc), and give it a try! There is a lot of in-depth information on the benefits and importance of allowing babies to attempt a breast crawl here. ("Of 17 babies kept in the Breast Crawl position and kept in uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact for 1 hour, 16 attached to the breast correctly. Fifteen babies in the other group were separated after about 20 minutes for routine measuring and weighing procedures. After an interval of approximately 20 minutes, they were returned to the mother. Only seven babies in this group attached correctly. These findings are crucial because the early suckling pattern is of prognostic value for the duration and success of breastfeeding."  Reference 


A Night Away, Alone.

It is 5.40am and I am on a train, on the way to the airport, alone. With a breast pump in my suitcase.

I know, right? Alone! And a pump is right there on the seat next to me, and I actually have a plan to use it.

There are not many things that could convince me to attempt my first weekend without my little breastfed boy, but it seems that a day of intensive breastfeeding training with Indira Lopez Bassols in Berlin is one of them. It's quite fitting, then, that this should see me face my fear of the pump and reach a few new personal milestones.

I will be away from my little one (and my big one! And my husband!) from 5am Saturday until 2pm Sunday. As yet, my husband has only managed to put my little one into bed twice in eighteen months – and not for lack of trying. As yet, my husband has never been able to settle him when he wakes in the night, which is usually at least four times, sometimes still hourly (though last night, he only woke at 2am, and was still yet to wake again when I snuck out the door at 5!). I am worried about the one night that I'll be away; I'm worried just because I am a mama who loves my boys and my husband and who doesn't want to see them in distress. I know, though, that they will all be okay, and will fumble through it in whatever way they discover works for them.

I've worked hard to get this little one to find comfort from
something aside from me, and this teddy 'Basil' is it! 

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