Breastfeeding can be extremely rewarding, but during those early days some women may encounter problems. Our expert midwives have brought together advice and tips which you can use from pregnancy to those early days and weeks of being a new mum, helping you to feel like you again.

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At My Expert Midwife we want to support you with useful tools and information to overcome possible challenges in the early days of breastfeeding.

  • Hand expressing or colostrum harvesting can be started from 36/37 weeks of pregnancy, to give you a head start
  • The first hour after birth can often be when your baby is most receptive to feeding, try to get uninterrupted skin to skin time to help this process
  • Ask family members and friends who breastfed to share their stories about what worked and didn’t work for them, so you can try different techniques

To find out more about how to prepare and recover from childbirth, follow the link.

Encountering problems in the early days of breastfeeding is common, but many can be resolved with advice and support (see below for support services)

  • Hand expressing or colostrum harvesting can be started from 36/37 weeks of pregnancy
  • Baby wearing can help your baby to have easier access to breastfeeding
  • Investing in a well-fitting nursing bra can help to prevent problems such as blocked milk ducts and/or mastitis.
  • Up to 10% of babies can have some form of tongue-tie when they are born, this may affect their ability to breastfeed

For more information read the full blog here

Available Support

There are many resources available for you to reach out to if you are struggling:

  • La Leche League in Ireland provide meetings with other breastfeeders (currently on zoom), online, telephone or text support.
  • HSE provide more information on local breastfeeding support groups.

download your FREE breast milk journey guide

This FREE downloadable mini guide covers your breast milk journey from your first milk and how to hand express colostrum to transitional and mature milk. It also provides top tips for breastfeeding. This FREE downloadable mini guide is formatted to be read easily on your mobile.

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