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5 tips for successful breastfeeding


While about 65% of French women breastfed, a few weeks or months, how many others, who wished to do so, gave up. In question, information on starting and maintaining lactation that often has trouble passing. Here are 5 tips to put the odds on your side ... if breastfeeding is your wish.

1. Breast-feeding: ask yourself

  • Having milk is natural - 95% of women have - but breastfeeding is cultural, it can be learned. It is essential to document a minimum during the pregnancy on the functioning of the breast, the rise of milk, the good position of the baby and its growth spurts. Indeed, the mothers around you have not always breastfed and often convey, unintentionally, some negative pictures.
  • The solution: read a good book on breastfeeding (see our box at the end of the article) or the INPES guide on the subject. It is important to discuss these readings with the future dad and possibly with the people around you during the first weeks of your baby's life.

Here are some tips for starting breastfeeding well:

  • Put your baby in the breast as soon as possible (ideally in the birth room),
  • Get help so that he takes it properly - stomach belly, head slightly below the breast - to avoid crevasses,
  • Breastfeed at his request (even if it's 20 times a day at the very beginning!),
  • As much as possible keep your baby with you 24 hours a day,
  • Do not give nipples or artificial milk supplements for at least the first three weeks, or even the first three months if you want to breastfeed your child for a long time.

2. Get help

  • Many health professionals have incorporated the discourse explaining that "breastfeeding is best" for babies and moms, but not all of them know how to help young mothers achieve this. So, if you can get in touch with the maternity team before birth and ask all your questions, do not hesitate. For example: "How do you help mothers who choose breastfeeding?", "What do you do in case of difficulty?", Etc. Also have contact information Solidarilait, the Leche League or a local breastfeeding support association: you will find the map of France associations on the Lien Lacté website.
  • When the time comes, you can also call on the midwife who has followed you during your pregnancy. Importantly, keep the number of a friend, cousin or acquaintance who has been breastfed for a long time and / or with pleasure. She will be able to support you in the event of a drop in morale. It is essential to talk with friends or family members who have "sucked" their breastfeeding, but also to choose a motherhood that has a team with good breastfeeding skills. Those labeled "Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative" are preferred, but there are none in all cities, as well as those that count in their workforce one or more midwives with a university degree in breastfeeding or lactation consultants IBCLC (internationally recognized specialty diploma).

3. Prepare to breastfeed

  • Privilege a psychological preparation. The key is to trust yourself and your breast, to know why you want to breastfeed and, most importantly, to be on the same page as the future daddy. His support is essential!
  • To men who are afraid of not finding their place with the breastfed baby, it is important to indicate all the support that they can give to their companion by wearing the baby in a sling, by changing or bathing him, but also by taking care of house maintenance and / or senior management.
  • Take advantage of birth preparation classes to ask all the questions that go through your head. If you have opted for midwifery preparation, in a smaller committee than at the maternity ward, the questions will be even easier to ask. And if you enjoy returning home from a maternity hospital (HAD), which involves being followed for several days by a midwife, you will have another opportunity to find help.

4. Do you equip

If no material is essential to start breastfeeding, some objects can nevertheless improve your comfort:

  • Get a lanolin cream or breastfeeding oil - you will not need to wipe before each feeding - even if breast milk is the most effective solution for cracking or cracking.
  • Also remember to equip yourself with leakproof pads (washable or disposable), useful mainly after the rise of milk from D + 3 to +5.
  • A nursing pillow will also be useful, especially to relieve your back. Warning: your baby should not rest on it when feeding, it would be too far from you!
  • Finally, key pieces of the keychain: a breastfeeding bra and a breastfeeding bra scalable comfortable to provide a good support at the time of the rise of milk.
  • If you are modest in nature, invest in a nursing top or pajamas for the stay at the maternity ward, so you do not have to undress completely during visits or if you share your room with another mother.
  • The false friends of the boot: the silicone breasts, the hulls and the breast pump, to use the first weeks only in case of extreme urgency (very painful cracks, severe engorgement, baby in incubator ...).
  • More tips here

5. Breastfeeding: enjoy!

  • Breastfeeding contributes to the development of the mother-child bond and creates a special relationship, a way to prolong pregnancy a little.
  • Second, it's not because you are breastfeeding that you can not indulge in shopping. If you do away with the nice modern baby bottles and bottle warmers, it is possible to compensate for this possible frustration by offering you some breastfeeding clothes, such as a nice lingerie, a dress or a long tunic, useful for hide your (small) postpartum belly.
  • Share your experience and concerns by participating in breastfeeding support meetings offered by many associations. The opportunity to make beautiful encounters.

Breastfeeding: useful books

Breastfeeding, by Dr. Marie Thirion, ed. Albin Michel.

Breastfeeding: the milky way, by Claude-Suzanne Didierjean-Jouveau, ed. Youth.

Taking Breast and other keys to successful breastfeeding, by Dr. Jack Newman, eds. Beech.

Breastfeeding and sustainable development, by Dr. Patrick de Boisse, ed. Grammond.

Marie Marty, with the collaboration of Brigitte Kern, a midwife with a DU (university degree) in breastfeeding, and Ségolène Finet, creator of the MamaNana online shop (breastfeeding clothes and accessories).

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