Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

Sometimes what is the most natural thing you can do for your baby doesn't always come so naturally. Your body is in the process of recovering from labour and pregnancy. You and your new baby are getting to know each other and are trying to figure out this whole breastfeeding thing together during the feeding sessions. Here are some tips to make your breastfeeding journey easier:


In order to make liquid, you have to have liquid! You will get so thirsty when you breastfeed. Get yourself an awesome water bottle and keep it with you at all times. 

Try Different Positions/Methods for a Good Latch

Sometimes the classic cradle position doesn't work for you and your baby. This may lead to difficulty in your baby latching and possible nipple pain on your end.  

Try alternative positions such as cross-cradle, football hold, laid back or side lying positions. There are also alternative techniques out there to assist with successful latching such as the flipple technique. 

Read your baby cues

There are many signs to indicate your baby is hungry for a feed. When you see these signs, try offering your breast for a feed straight away. Signs such as:

  • rooting (looking for your nipple by moving head)
  • sucking, lip licking and opening mouth
  • clenching fingers/fists over chest and tummy
  • fussiness
  • bringing hands to mouth

Each baby's appetite is so different. The length of time they feed and the frequency of feeding sessions vary as well. Some babies feed for 10 minutes, some feed for 45 minutes. Some babies feed on schedule every 2 hrs, some babies cluster feed/bunch feed (short feeds over a few hours). 

Set up a Nursing Station and Get Comfortable

Setting up a nice, calm and quiet spot for yourself and baby for feeding may make things easier and comfortable. It could be in the corner of the nursery in a nursing chair, in your bed or couch with plenty of pillow for support for your back and arms. 

Keep useful items handy or within an arms reach such as:

Look after Your Breasts

Your breasts go through so much during breastfeeding. Your breast skin is very delicate. Take extra care in your shower/bathing routine to care for your breasts such as applying healing products on nipples, keep your breasts moisturised, dry and clean (though don't over wash as this could lead to drying out).

Listen to your body Cues

Clogged milk ducts, mastitis, leaky breasts, engorgement, sore nipples, cramps. Breastfeeding isn't always simple or as easy as it looks. Don't ignore the signs of discomfort and do your best to alleviate any discomfort before it gets any worse. This will help reduce any stress, anxiety and further pain. 

Our Milk Collector can help with the pain of sore nipples by creating a shield between your nipple and clothing. This will give your nipple time to breathe and recover. It can also catch excess milk from leaky breasts with you breastfeed on one breast.

Our Mini Pump can help with let down to ease discomfort of clogged milk ducts and engorgement.

Ask for Help

If you are exhausted and need a a break, ask your partner, family member to help with a feeding session if you have pumped a bottle.

If something isn't right, don't hesitate in reaching out to your lactation consultant for help or your medical provider and seek professional advice. 

Relax and Take in the Moment

Did you know your baby can sense if you're uncomfortable, tense or nervous? This can lead to them also not being comfortable and not latch properly. Take a few deep breaths minute to relax.

Savour the time you're breastfeeding and the bonding time you are having with your baby. Once you both get the hang of it, it's a truly magical and sacred time you have with your baby.


Disclaimer: The information published herein is intended and strictly only for educational and information purposes. This informational should not be misconstrued as medical advice. Always consult your chosen medical professional in relation to any medical questions and concerns of your health and your baby's health.

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