Many new mums have the same fear with breastfeeding in the first few days - “I’m not producing enough milk for my baby”. After birth, your breasts produce colostrum, a small amount of pure gold, liquid gold! It’s packed full of antibodies to keep your little one protected. And trust me, your body will produce enough for your baby.
The picture shown was expressed from a mum in one session who had an emergency caesarean and due to certain circumstances, her little one visited the special care baby unit for the first day of life. But it didn’t stop her or her body from looking after her baby.
Have faith in yourself and your body that it will know what to do and when to do it.
I don’t mean expressing my feelings 🤣 I mean physically expressing. I wasn’t 100% sure what this was before I became a Mum, but since having the girls it’s something the nurses encourage at the hospital, basically it’s pumping milk via a machine for your babies to feed. This is when I was introduced to the @medela_uk Medela Pumps...! Lifesavers !
I sit every day, 2-3 hourly expressing milk , I feel like a cow in a milking parlour 🤣🍼 all my milk is taking to the fridge or even freezer for longer storage but there was a few things I didn’t know before I started expressing.
BLOCKED DUCTS !! In a nutshell - painful, engorged, swollen breasts that can’t get the milk out causing a build up of milk - and very sore swollen breasts. If you ignore this is can develop into... MASTITIS...!! Which I very nearly got - symptoms are swollen, engorged, red, hot breast, cracked or bleeding nipples and flu like symptoms. Treatment is with antibiotics but of course if you need these - they will get into your milk stream and effectively be given to your babies.
TOP TIPS TO AVOID THESE: • Massage around your breasts as you pump, if you get a sudden rush of milk you know there’s a build up there so keep rubbing.
• Take a bath or hot shower before expressing the heat helps your milk to flow more freely.
• Hot flannels over your breasts.
• Firm stroking motions working from the outer edges of the breast towards the nipple to encourage the milk flow.
If you think you may have this - see a nurse, midwife or GP as soon as possible. Do not under estimate it because this caused me so much pain and would have been easily avoided if I had of known. #expressing#breastfeeding#babytips#breastfeedingtips#expressingtips
It wasn't written as an #opener but, it slowly started to develop that way. I felt like I needed to say some things that I wasn't able to in normal #conversation because there was a part of my life that kept nagging at me and #expressing those #experiences thru a #record started to become a necessity.