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Breastfeeding has many benefits both for mums and babies, especially when it
comes to protecting them against infections and diseases.
Don't worry if you feel it's taking a while to get the hang of breastfeeding. Your
midwife, health visitor and friends who have breastfed can all be a great support
in the early days, and we've also got some tips and advice in store.
Before your baby is born...
3-6 months pregnant: Read up on
breastfeeding and familiarise yourself with
"how to breastfeed' guides. Visit mothercare.
com for videos and lots of helpful tips and
Do buy new bottles and teats for each baby.
Do wash all your feeding equipment with hot
soapy water using a teat and bottle brush
36-38 weeks: Get measured for a nursing bra.
See page 28 for more maternity bra advice.
Do check the temperature of your baby's milk
before each feed.
After your baby is born...
Do read and follow any formula milk
Straight after birth: Your breasts produce a
creamy substance called colostrum which
provides your baby with early nourishment and
antibodies until your milk comes in. Colostrum
is very concentrated so your newborn will only
Do throw away any unused milk after your
baby has finished feeding and always prepare
a fresh bottle for the next feed.
need small amounts at first.
Don't put boiling water straight into the bottle;
instead allow to cool for no longer than 30
Within the first hour after birth: If you feel up
to it, you could try breastfeeding. This can help
with the bonding process, and remember, your
baby's mouth should completely cover the
areola below the nipple and your nipple should
be far back in your baby's mouth.
Don't try to force your baby to finish each feed,
baby's appetites vary and sometimes they're
just not hungry.
Don't mix breastmilk and formula milk in the
same bottle - breastmilk can be kept (and
frozen), but formula milk needs to be discarded
after each feed.
2-4 days after birth: Your breasts will start
feeling full and this is a sign that your milk has
come in. Midwives usually recommend that
you feed your baby on demand (whenever
they are hungry) at first until breastfeeding is
established and you feel comfortable.
Don't heat your baby's milk in the microwave,
as hot spots can scald.
Look out for our expert advice cards in store