breastfeeding help

Kellymom – great website for help with breastfeeding

I don’t think there will be many mums which breast feed that at 1 time or another don’t have a question they need answering about breastfeeding . 1 great website that can help ( to compliment your own midwife or health visitor) is the American site Kellymom , its a well established site with lots of advice on many different topics to do with breasfeeding , feeding your toddler and things like parental depression etc.

It’s really cool to be able to click on a site when you need it and get some good advice, ie when you are up in the early hours you can click on (if you have your hands free!) and get immediate advice.

There is also a forum on there but i have no idea of what it’s like but they have over 18000 facebook friends so they are pretty popular!

Check it out and see if can help you:)

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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding advice – how do you breast feed?

I mean it’s not like all girls are sat down at some time in their life and shown or told how to breastfeed, so how the heck are we supposed to know what to do?

I am just about to have my 2nd baby any day and have not had any advice or classes offered to me about breastfeeding, it is just assumed i know what to do! Not to get too personal but with my first child breastfeeding just didn;t work out for longer then 2 weeks (due to medical reasons) so now i’m ready to pop with my 2nd baby and want to nurse them but i can’t remember what the heck i did with my daughter !!!!!

So Google really is a wonderful thing and i found a video on You Tube which shows you what to do when you are just starting to breastfeed and gives you a little guidance as to what to expect etc.

I found it quite reassuring to watch and it was a help. Obviously it is only like 5 mins long and can’t go into great detail about every aspect of breastfeeding your baby but it’s a good start.

Here’s the link and see what you think:


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Breastfeeding Tops

Breastfeeding Problem Solver – Babycentre

Especially as a first timer breastfeeding your baby can be a steep learning curve. Every baby is different and with time and experience hopefully (and don;t beat yourself up if you don’t) you’ll get the hang of it and what your baby likes and their little routines and positions they like etc.

But as with learning anyhting new there will be curve balls thrown at you and you will probably at some stage be thinking “what they heck is going on”, so i found this cool site on Babycentre.com which can help you with some of the common problems incurred during breastfeeding. You’ll find it here : http://www.babycenter.com/breastfeedingSolver.htm

Of course always ask your midwife or health visitor or Dr for THE best advice, but as a quick reference you can check this site out, just so you can put some perspective on your situation.

The site covers things like:

 White spots in baby’s mouth that don’t look like milk or can’t be wiped off
 Itchiness
 Bleeding nipples
 Fissures in the areola or nipples
 Breasts don’t leak at all
 Breasts never seem full
 Milk squirts out when baby starts to feed
 Baby gets upset at feedings
 Feeling pain when your milk comes in
 Baby refuses to nurse
 Baby has a hard time nursing after using the bottle
 Baby only wants to nurse on one breast
 Sore nipples
 Overfull nipples
 Flu-like symptoms
 Red bumps on breast
 Bras and shirts are often wet from milk from your breasts

Take a look and see what you think, but as stated before always get a professional opinion from a midwife etc.

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Association of breastfeeding mothers – giving support with breastfeeding

Sometimes there is support available but it’s just knowing where to look for it, and sometimes when you need it the most you need it quickly and haven’t got time to look for it. Well thats what i thought anyway about a lot of things especially concerning matters after after child birth and raising my child. Breastfeeding is not something that we can practice , we are just kinda thrown into it and sometimes expected to get on and do it and know what we are doing, well take it from me i certainly wasn’t like that and i feel if i had known where to look for advice a little sooner then i would have continued nursing my child for longer.

Breastfeeding is not for everyone, but a lot of women feel that if they had just received a little more support they would have continued to to breastfeed for longer. One organisation i have found that gives support to nursing mothers is the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers. They have a telephone helpline which is open to anyone :

Breastfeeding Support Hotline.

08444 122 949

Please ring our counselling helpline to speak to one of our fully trained Breastfeeding Counsellors for breastfeeding support and information.

 

Their website is currently under construction but hopefully soon will be up and running again, they also produce a few times a year a magazine which has lots of information and real life stories of mothers and their breastfeeding experience. Here’s their website address: http://www.abm.me.uk/our%20magazine.htm

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Friends Of Ours

Come Support Breast Buddies Breastfeeding & Maternity Fashion Show

Ok here’s the important details :

Maternity & breastfeeding fashion show

13th December between 2 – 4pm  Manston St. James church hall, Church Lane, LS15 8JB LEEDS.

So if you live in the Leeds area and want to come and have some fun and see whats on offer at this fab fashion show come on down. Mama Feelsgood is sending a few maternity Tees f& Breastfeeding tops for the fashion show (which will be prizes in the raffle too) so hey ladies what are you waiting for ha ha. This would be a good oppourtunity to see some of our clothes first hand (you can see how nice they are wink wink).

Here is a link to Breast Buddies the organisation whom organised this , they are all ladies whom have had children themselves and they have put alot of effort and time into creating this organisation so it can help ladies of the Leeds area with many aspects of breastfeeding. Lovely bunch of ladies.

 

Mama Feelsgood– Maternity & Breastfeeding Tees which make you feel good

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