It gets much easier after day 3. "
“Get help with every single latch on in the first few days to avoid sore nipples. If you get them the best cures are fresh air and a little expressed milk rubbed in.”
“If it really hurts you are doing something wrong
“Give it two weeks – it can be painful at the beginning but it is worth it. Only latch on when babies mouth is wide open!”
“One midwife told me that when a baby is latched on properly, their lips should form a shape on your breast that looks like the ‘special K’ K. This was a brilliant way to remember what it should look like when looking down at the baby”
“Buy or borrow a comfortable chair that allows you to sit up straight and doesn’t have arms that get in the way of you feeding, and join a local breastfeeding support group.”
“Feed on one breast at each sitting, and then swap over a bracelet to show which boob you’ve just fed from.”
“If you are engorged alternate with hot and cold compresses - a flannel or wash cloth will do."
“When my nipples were sore I used to numb them with an ice-block for a few seconds before latching the baby on.”
“I found my upper back got very sore from feeding. I realised I was holding it tensed almost all the time while she was latched on. So I decided that every time she latched on I would do some deep breathing to relax and remind myself to drop my shoulders down……it worked."
“Feed lying down, it is less exhausting.”
“I found breast milk to be the best medicine! Put it on skin if it is a bit rashy, on the eye if it is a bit sticky, and up the nose if the baby has a cold!”z