Breastfeeding tips and advice


Breastfeeding is a different experience for every mum. For some, it can be a breeze, but for many of us it can be difficult, tiring, and sometimes painful. Don’t worry – you are not alone on your breastfeeding journey.

With World Breastfeeding Week coming up on 1st August, we’re bringing you some tips and advice about breastfeeding and its benefits.


6 tips for breastfeeding mums:

1. Practice self-care

Breastfeeding can be mentally and physically exhausting. Sometimes your little one won’t latch, or they’re demanding more, or you’re feeling sore… it can take its toll. Prioritising yourself and making sure you’re happy and healthy is just as important as looking after your baby. Take some time to practice self-care, such as:

  • Resting as much as you can
  • Accepting help from others
  • Taking time for yourself, whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or just having a couple of deep breaths


2. Take daily probiotics

Probiotics can help you and your baby with a number of common breastfeeding complaints. Exposure to the bacteria in breastmilk can help your little one grow and develop, but this can also result in digestive issues and an unbalanced microbiome. Adding an infant probiotic into their daily routine can help to support their tummy as they breastfeed.

With baby getting all of their nutrients from you and your breastmilk, it’s also beneficial for you to take daily probiotics. However, it’s important that you ensure your probiotics are suitable for breastfeeding before taking them.


3. Invest in a breastfeeding cover

Breastfeeding while out and about brings a whole new set of challenges. Though it’s illegal to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, it can understandably feel uncomfortable for some mothers. One way to make breastfeeding on the go a little easier is by investing in a strap or cover. There are plenty available that are comfortable for both you and your baby, and give you that extra bit of privacy when you’re breastfeeding in public.

What’s more, products like breastfeeding scarves can also double up as fashion items, baby blankets, swaddles, picnic blankets, and more. Just pop it in your handbag or changing bag before you head out and you’re good to go! Alternatively, you can find clothing and accessories with built-in access that allows for discreet feeding. There are so many different options to suit every mum.


4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

The benefits of a healthy lifestyle can’t be overstated, especially for your mental and physical health, as well as your breastmilk’s nutritional value. Eating healthily and being active will release endorphins and fuel your mind and body, and you’ll likely find you have more energy and a better milk supply.

Some ways you can maintain a healthy lifestyle while breastfeeding include:

  • Having a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins
  • Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day
  • Avoiding excessive caffeine and alcohol
  • Exercising and getting fresh air


5. Store extra breastmilk

If you need to be away from your baby or want to have a supply of milk for future use, learning how to express and store breast milk properly can be extremely useful. It also takes the stress out of days where you don’t feel like breastfeeding, or are having difficulties. A back-up store of breastmilk can last in the fridge for around 4 days, or in the freezer for 6 – 12 months.

There are a huge array of different breast pumps on the market, from manual to electric, smart to discreet. Plus, you can invest in specially designed storage for breastmilk to ensure it lasts. Shop around and see what works best for you and your lifestyle.


6. Don’t be afraid to ask for breastfeeding advice

If you are struggling with breastfeeding and have tried every trick in the book with no avail, it’s absolutely fine to ask for help. It is nothing to be ashamed of – most women seek help or advice at this time, even if they’ve breastfed before. Every experience is unique, but there will always be someone on hand who can help.

Reach out to fellow mums, join a breastfeeding group, see a health visitor, or just talk to someone you trust. You are not alone, and there’s lots of help out there to help you enjoy the precious bonding experience of breastfeeding your baby, or to assist you in other avenues you can take.


For more breastfeeding advice, visit the NHS website. For more parenting advice, check out our blog page.


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