This post is written by the newest member of the team in our Breastfeeding Clinic, Lactation Consultant, Simone Casey.
Happy World Breastfeeding Week everybody! This year’s theme is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week’s (WBW) 20th anniversary, and all the boobie achievements in the past decade since the WHO/UNICEF global strategy was released. Australia now has 96% of mums initiating breastfeeding, which is a mammoth achievement – well done to all of the Mums! The theme this year is “understanding the past – planning the future” so at St Vincent’s Private Hospital our future is in helping as many Mums as we can to breastfeed and to support them to stick with it.
Our breastfeeding clinic is open for any of our patients who are having troubles in the early days or even later on if you have queries about changes to your babies feeding, give us a call and book in for a half-day session at no additional cost, we want you to get it right and ensure you succeed. You should never feel silly about asking for help – we take all your worries seriously, big or small.
A few common concerns are cracked or sore nipples, in these instances we sit with you and work on positioning and attachment. If the nipple is right back in the baby’s squishy soft palate, feeding should be comfortable. If it’s not, attachment is too shallow and you may need some pointers on how to best get your baby’s mouth open nice and wide. Supply is another big issue. If you don’t feel you have enough, or baby is really sleepy and not able to suck very effectively, we’ll get you switching sides often, compressing your breast and giving you some tips to keep baby’s active sucking going.
Some mums are the opposite and have an abundance of milk, it goes everywhere, baby coughs and splutters and often chucks up – and this can be equally as distressing to a new Mum. These Mums need a plan of block feeding, so that’s sticking to one breast for about three hours, expressing for comfort only and applying cold packs to relieve hot, overfull breasts between feeds.
We have many other tips and suggestions for helping you and your baby have a successful breastfeeding journey.
A very big shout out to all you mummies, it’s a very special feeling to completely nourish a baby with your very own milk, and you’re all doing a great job!