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I am after tips from those who found anything particularly helpful to do whilst breastfeeding and what are some of the difficulties people faced or common complaints which meant it was a struggle to feed and/or stopped you breastfeeding altogether.

Posted by Lori-Anne, 30th April 2016

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  • Aw bless, no wonder you had problems feeding her with a a Grade III Upper Lip Tie and a Type 4 Posterior Tongue Tie indeed !! What’s your experience with the laser revisions ? how is feeding going now ?

  • Oh gosh you poor thing! no wonder you had trouble! I am so glad that oyu have been able to get it sorted! Such a hard thing to breastfeed! Tv/Movies make it out to be such an easy thing to do.. ITS NOT!

  • Hi Ladies. As it turns out our baby girl had a Grade III Upper Lip Tie and a Type 4 Posterior Tongue Tie. Both were affecting her ability to feed. She has had them corrected by laser revisions 3 days ago and feeding so much better. Lots of stretching exercises post revision. About 2 weeks and everything should be healed.

  • Breast is best is what they say. I found having a shower help before feeding and at times massaging around the nipple with two fingers. Good luck trial and error.

  • At the beginning I had bleeding nipples and the pain was so bad. I got the lanolin cream and paw paw really helped too.
    Ask the nurses if you have a good latching technique to make sure thats not affecting breastfeeding. Goodluck and all the best.

  • I use a nipple shield, it has help me.
    I heard many successful breastfeeding mums using them

  • One word “Comfort” with my first child I ignored this advise as I struggled to feed as I was always on the go. Once in bed I soon understood why its important to sit and feed comfortably, my back was so sore and my chest. Stay comfortable have a glass of water during the feed and relax

  • Thankyou for your support and suggestions. Much appreciated.

  • Sore nipples, engorged boobs and leakage were the worst things about breastfeeding. I loved everything else. Once you get the latch on worked out, you’ll be fine, that’s the hardest bit. Then sit back relax and enjoy

  • Honestly be as relaxed as you can and enjoy this bonding with your baby. It will all fall into place.

  • I would feed my son on just one breast for one feed then the other next time he had a feed as i was giving him a bit off both breasts but he wasn’t getting the calorie rich milk just the watery thirst quenching milk that comes through first, so he would fill up on it then have some from the other breast then be hungry again really quickly lol it made a lot of difference. I also used to use a glider/rocking chair throughout the night or lay him next to me and breastfeed. I stopped when he was 16 months :) I just turned 23 when i had him

  • Good

  • I believe the figure of 56% by 6 months is in Australia. I will see if I can find the rates for World Wide.

  • Seeing a lactation consultant helped me with breastfeeding

  • Oh my! They really put a lot of pressure on you, with that constant weighing and expressing of milk. I hope things are going a lot better now! And your idea of becoming a breastfeeding consultant looks amazing. You’d be able to help so many women!!
    That by 6 months of age only 56% of women are breastfeeding, is indeed quite shocking! Is it here in Australia or all around the world?

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