The busy mummies guide to breastfeeding

Breastfeeding a first baby is quite different from breastfeeding subsequent children…when you have more than one it goes something like this… The first few days…

  • the days and nights merge into one big long day when everyone sleeps except you
  • feeding can be a bit awkward even if you have done it before – different babies feed differently so don’t expect to be a instant expert or your baby to for that matter
  • you try to sit comfortably to feed with a feeding cushion or in a special chair perhaps
  • you try to ensure you grab a drink, your phone and perhaps the remote as you may be sometime
  • you think about the ‘optimal feeding position’ , checking nose to nipple, tummy to mummy and so on
  • wait… are all the other children ok? can you see/hear them? do they need anything?
  • you ponder over what to wear everyday, asking yourself, can I feed in this?

Once feeding is established…

  • after a few weeks you start to relax
  • you are into a rhythm and so is your baby
  • you don’t worry so much about what you are wearing as you have learnt to improvise
  • you can predict more when your bay might be getting hungry and try and ensure this doesn’t clash with requirements of other family members
  • you are still feeding at night but it is less chaotic than it once was
  • you can feed in a range of positions and you are less awkward
  • you no longer need to worry about optimal feeding position as your baby can latch well without too much bother
  • everyone else still sleeps more than you but you are a machine…you can do it!

You know you are an expert when…

  • you can feed standing up, walking around the house giving instructions to other family members or ‘supervising’ something
  • you can feed whilst: cooking dinner; emptying the washing machine; loading the tumble dryer; bathing the older children; loading the dishwasher; typing; phoning someone; signing for a parcel and so on…
  • you no longer care about what you are wearing, that boob can find its way out somehow
  • you breastfeed during school plays, sat in car parks, walking around the supermarket, watching swimming lessons, karate lessons, horse riding lessons and whilst reading stories and helping with homework
  • you have forgotten what your breastfeeding cushion looks like!
  • optimal feeding positions are laughable

Breastfeeding can be a massive advantage for busy mums. No bottles to wash or sterilise and the milk doesn’t need warming up – just flop a boob out and carry on!

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