Have you tried breastfeeding? I was stunned the first time I picked up my new baby girl and tried to feed her just how heavy she was. I found that it was hard to hold her in position and my arms just weren’t up to the lengthy feeding sessions.
That breastfeeding experience was tricky, but I became more confident with my second and third child. I got the phone number for the local NCT breastfeeding counsellor before DS1 was born and just knowing I had someone on hand if I needed made an enormous difference. Over the last couple of years I’ve been working with our local NCT editing the newsletter and helping raise the profile of our Breast Friends Breastfeeding support group.
Each time I was very certain that having the right support pillow made a great difference, which is why I was keen to try out the Boppy support pillow. On first appearance it was cute: the range of covers available makes it easy to pick a design you like. DD, 8, was taken with the pink design and DS is too little to argue! Have a look atwww.boppyworld.co.uk to see the six different designs. The Boppy nursing pillow has had a great following in the US, and I know a few people in the UK who have used it to help support their breastfeeding baby. It is nice and firm, but takes a little while to get the position right. I can see that it would be perfect for a newborn: my giant baby son is perhaps a little on the large size!
If you need support of a different sort, I can recommend
BfN Supporterline: 0300 100 0210
La Leche League Helpline: 0845 120 2918
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212
NCT BF supporter line 0300 33 00 771
or visit The Breastfeeding Network’s page which lists different support centres or the Baby Cafe site.
For a little light hearted fun, and for you if you have ever got fed up with advice from well meaning friends, try the Mums Revenge game below. You can add it to your own site and get the code from http://www.boppyworld.co.uk/MomsRevengeBlog.aspx
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