Monday, 9 July 2012

Breastfeeding Support Guest Post and Competition

Kate from Life, Love and Living with Boys has kindly written a guest post about breastfeeding for my blog.

Over to Kate

"I'm a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter which means I have been given training by my local Infant Feeding Co-ordinator to enable me to support other women who want to breastfeed.  I attend local support groups and spend a couple of hours a week on the maternity ward helping mums and supporting the midwives.  I breastfed my oldest until I was given incorrect advice from a health professional which led to us stopping before we were ready so I'm determined to help and support other Mums who want to breastfeed and also raise awareness so parents can make an informed choice on how they feed their baby.

I am also a lover of cake (who isn't) and baking, writing my blog and watching Corrie which is only possible thanks to a certain PVR system (google it!)

Top Tips for Breastfeeding

It Shouldn't Hurt - A major myth concerning Breastfeeding is that it will hurt at first but once your nipples toughen up, it's great! I thought this was the case when I fed my first son and spent weeks nursing my cracked nipples slapping on the lansinoh at 4 in the morning.
If breastfeeding is painful then something isn't quite right. Speak to your midwife, or breastfeeding support worker and find your local support group.

If you are in pain you will more than likely experience blocked ducts alongside the cracked nipples and most importantly your baby won't be feeding effectively leading to possible weightloss and low milk supply.

Position and Attachment are key so attend local Infant Feeding Workshops or Breastfeeding Courses whilst you are still pregnant. Take your partner along since they will remember tips you won't and their input will be invaluable in the middle of the night.

Feed On Demand - Breastfed babies need to feed at least 8-12 times in 24 hours.  Give your baby free access to the breast and feed whenever they give feeding cues.  The more baby stimulates your breasts by feeding, the more milk you will produce and this is really important in the early days. A newborn's stomach is only the size of a marble and breast milk is easily digested so frequent feeds are essential.

What Goes In Must Come Out - As you can't measure the amount if breast milk your baby is getting, you must keep an eye on the number of wet and dirty nappies as an indication of how it's going.  Newborn's should be having one wet nappy at one day old, two at two days, three at three days etc.  They should have one dirty nappy for each day of life up until day three or four then at least three per day after that but as breast milk is a laxative, the count could be higher. The colour of poop is very important and it should go from the black meconium on day one through brown/green/mustard to yellow which is the colour it will typically stay until you introduce solids at about six months. Please note: You will discuss poo with anyone and everyone from the second your baby is born until they are well past potty training!!!

Local Support Group - They offer a brilliant opportunity to get out of the house and build up your confidence feeding in front of strangers in a safe environment. No one will bat an eyelid when you need to feed, there will be peer supporters and/or health professionals at the group to help with queries and you can enjoy a drink and a chat with Mums who know exactly how you are feeling. It's also a great way to meet new friends and socialise your little one with other babies.  Lots of Mums decide to meet up outside the groups in local cafes and it's much less nerve-racking feeding out and about with a breastfeeding friend.

Packed Lunches - Ask family members or your partner to make you packed lunches if you will be alone during the day.  That way, when baby is feeding frequently in the first few weeks, you can grab it from the fridge in seconds and munch on your lunch with your free hand.

Read Up on Breastfeeding - The internet is a fabulous source of information on breastfeeding but beware that not all the advice on the World Wide Web is reliable. I can recommend the following sites though:

ABOVE ALL...


  • Seek advice the minute you feel discomfort or pain, don't suffer in silence.
  • Don't put too much pressure on yourself.  Yes breastfeeding is natural and normal but both you and baby need to learn the basics and getting stressed makes it more difficult. 
  • Educate yourself on the benefits of extended feeding so if you decide to feed beyond six months, a year, two years, and need to justify yourself to people, you will be able to share your knowledge and feel comfortable with your choices.
  • Enjoy it!  Once you have your first baby, you will realise just how quickly they grow and although you won't believe at the time, you will miss those sleepless nights with a newborn when they're a cheeky toddler who won't sit still for five minutes!!!
To help support you with your new found breastfeeding knowledge  Lansinoh are providing a very useful prize bundle, comprising of:

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin – the miracle nipple cream that works as a fantastic lipbalm/nail cream/nappy rash cream/for minor cuts and burns… the list is endless!



Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads – these really don’t leak! Nice and smooth too so they don’t show under clothes.



Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags – these are great for storing/freezing breastmilk in!

To enter fill out the rafflecopter below by the 25th of July.

110 comments:

  1. I used that Cream and it was a lifesaver! I wouldnt have been able to feed for nearly a year without it, and thanks for the review I wish I had read more before my son.

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  2. lovely giveaway, very impressed with Lansinoh products currently use breast pads and cream

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  3. Lovely Giveaway.. What a beautiful blog too! :) Have a lovely week!

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  4. lovely giveaway i would love to win

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  5. Lovely giveaway and enjoy the blog, thank you

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  6. Great to see a blog post promoting breastfeeding :)

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  7. Suzanne Sendell9 July 2012 at 22:53

    Love your givaways,Thank you so much x

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  8. really good blog and very helpful

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  9. All my friends recommend this brand

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  10. Lovely post and giveaway, some fab advice and hooray for peer supporters, i'm one too xxx

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  11. X_carrington_x10 July 2012 at 10:47

    Lanisoh products are so difficult to find in store. I used the cream during my first pregnancy and without it I don't think I would have breastfed for as long as I did.

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  12. lovely prize

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  13. Great prize, good luck everyone!

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  14. This is a nice comment :)

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  15. really good blog and very helpful

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  16. Lovely blog, lovely competition!

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  17. colette hallinan10 July 2012 at 20:46

    What a very useful prize

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  18. Good luck everyone

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  19. Lansinoh is a marvellous cream, indeed.

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  20. Lovely Comp would like to win this for my sister as she is 32 weeks pregnant and really wants to breastfeed. :)

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  21. Carl and Victoria Boland11 July 2012 at 21:52

    Thank you for the competition.  Please enter me in the draw.

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  22. It's so true about partners remembering things that you don't. My husband is a lot more technically-minded than I am and was good at helping evaluate the latch and pick up on our baby's early hunger cues. Cracking post.

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  23. stephanie tsang12 July 2012 at 09:20

    Fab competition. Please enter me.

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  24. Really good advice!

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  25. enter me please :) i want to pass the prize on to friends with newborn babies cos my youngest is 11 months now, still bf him though!

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  26. I would love to win this prize as am due my 3rd baby in august and could really do with this x

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  27. I really need this! Baby due in September!

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  28. fab comp, I used Lanisoh nipple cream with my little boy he's 2 now but have a baby girl now so this prize would come in handy

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  29. OOO I'll pass this onto my daughter in law, 4 weeks till our grand daughter is due, though if she's like her Mum she'll be a bit late! LOL.
    She's concerned about where she can breastfeed, so maybe this will help. She's getting quite nervous about the pending birth which wasn't helped by her best friend having to have an emergency C section last week, as her BP was through the roof & wouldn't come off it, glad to say Kate & her blue bundle are now both perfectly fine. 

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  30. my baby is due 6th november I can't wait! x

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  31. I'd love to win this set as I'm pregnant with my second baby and will be breastfeeding again

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  32. Harriet Westcott14 July 2012 at 23:49

    Great website

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  33. i used this when breastfeeding both of my daughters am due again in 7 weeks so will be needing some  again!

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  34. I used these pads with my first 2 children and I have just had my 3rd baby and am using them again. When shopping recently my local supermarket had run out of Lansinoh breast pads and I had to buy Sainsburys own breast pads while I waited for them to come into stock. I used these for a day and was so cross at how rubbish they were I emailed the company to complain and was refunded all my money. I will definately not be making that mistake again.

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  35. Lovely prize - will come very handy for me in about 2 months time :)

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  36. Lanisoh is fab!! essential for any breastfeeder x

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  37. Great giveaway and really enjoyed reading your blog post : )

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  38. great comp.thanks. x

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  39. Thank you for the great competition xx

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  40. Nathalie Taylor23 July 2012 at 12:17

    Fantastic Competition, Thank you x

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  41. Catherine Miller23 July 2012 at 13:55

    I'm looking forward to breast feeding. This post was really informative.

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  42. ellooo
    I breast fed Rosie for 7 months after a really difficult start, then I didn't want to stop but she was biting me. I didn't have sore nipples or any problems other than I couldn't hold her well on my right side due to arthritis. I'd like to win this to give to my pregnant friend so she has support and the right products to help her start breastfeeding.
    xx

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  43. i tried my dam hardest to feed my boy but the hospital didn't get that they were stressing me out stopping my production! i will be feeding the next without their advice or interference !! :D 

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  44. I really regret not being able to breastfeed my two children

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  45. I'd love to win this, would be useful for my partner :)

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  46. I would like to get these to help my wife with breast feeding our soon to be here little girl :)

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  47. Christina Michael23 July 2012 at 19:40

    would be a gift for my daughter in law

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  48. Nice prize ..thanks for the comp x

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  49. I love your blog, have bookmarked as you have a lovely way of writing :)

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  50. A lovely brand, came in handy with my son and am hoping to use them again with my daughter due in august x

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  51. My sister would love these, she is due on 31 August with her second baby :-)

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  52. thanks for the competition x

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  53. My second baby is due in September and I am hoping to breastfeed her as I did with my daughter. Thanks!

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  54. Samantha Atherton24 July 2012 at 19:51

    Lovely prize, i couldn't of lived without lansinoh HPA lanolin when i was breastfeeding my little girl and now my friend is expecting her 1st baby i'd love to be able to give this to her.

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  55. Great to read some breastfeeding tips as shortly to give birth to my first baby. Please will you enter me into the competition, thank you.

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  56. I'm due to give birth to my first baby in just 6 weeks.  This article looks very helpful.  I have saved to my favourites for when the time comes.  Thanks very much :)

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  57. I loved this cream when I was breastfeeding...now my daughter is feeding her baby girl this would be a very handy gift to give her :)

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  58. Great blog. My little girl is 9 months and I am still breast feeding her. I give as much support to others who are keen to make it work as I remember how difficult those first few weeks are - its not as easy as you think! Lansinoh products were the best I found and still use some of them now. 

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  59. Thank you for this comp - its a very useful prize x

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  60. Please could you enter me into your fab competition, and thank you for a lovely giveaway

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  61. its Lansinoh that helped me continue feeding my girls when it all got a bit much hehe excellent product, storage bags look great, much easier than the ice cube trays i currently use

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  62. These look great. Please enter me into the competition.

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  63. I would love to win this prize. I have recently found out my partner is pregnant and this would be great :) 

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  64. Lovely comp and great tips 

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  65. really good prize

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  66. great prize :)

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  67. fantastic give away, would be fab for my daughter in law, who is expecting my first grandchild in November, she has already said she is going to breast feed baby xxx

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  68. a nice comment :)

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  69. Rachael Donovan25 July 2012 at 09:46

    lovely prize great to get started with xx

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  70. Chickenpierobertson25 July 2012 at 13:18

    Lansinoh cream is a godsend! Great comp x

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  71. this is a GREAT competition!

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  72. Yes pleasey lemon squeezey i do hope i'm not too cheesey!

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  73. Great blog & giveaway. A real inspiration to try my hardest to breast feed my 4th baby xx

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  74. Really hope you are able to give it a go.  Speak to your midwife and let her know you would like support x

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  75. Aaww, congratulations.  My parents love being grandparents.  You will be a great support to your daughter-in-law too x

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  76. That's great she has your support.  Partners and husbands are sooooo important when it comes to breastfeeding and you can help by bringing your lovely lady food and drinks when she's feeding and reading up on how breastfeeding works too :) 

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  77. It is great whilst you're both learning to get it right.  I have even used it recently when my chunky monkey was teething until his gums settled down and he fixed his latch again :)

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  78. Great that you're still going at 9 months and we still use the Lansinoh now and then too ;)

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  79. You have been a fab influence on your daughter and I bet you love being a grandparent now :)

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  80. Congratulations and I hope you are able to give it a go.  Feel free to contact me through my blog or on Facebook if you need any advice :)

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  81. Would make a great present for our friend and I'm sure you will be able to give her some great advice too

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  82. Not too long to go! I hope you are able to breastfeed too.  Your body usually works even better second time round so sure you will  get off to a great start :)

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  83. Aaww, my little boy's birthday is 31st August!  :)

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  84. Thanks Amanda for your lovely comments x

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  85. Love that there are lots of men entering for wives.  Your support will be so important :)

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  86. Don't be sad.  There are so many things we can regret as parents as unfortunately not everything goes to plan. Concentrate on the things which have gone well and try not to dwell on the past however hard it seems. 

    If you understand why you weren't able to feed, you might be able to put it to rest.  You are very welcome to contact me for a chat on facebook or through the blog x

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  87. The right support is super important.  Also, even if you have problems at first, and have to give donor milk or formula, it's not too late to give breastfeeding a go at home assuming you've not been in hospital for too long.  Even after a week, it is possible to get things going but it would mean putting baby to the breast as often as possible, lots of skin to skin and expressing between feeds for a little while to get a good supply established. 

    Good luck next time :)

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  88. 7 months is a great start for your little girl and you will be a brilliant support to your friend.  I am lucky that my youngest didn't get any teeth until he was 1 and has only bitten me once properly since then :D

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  89. It is a lovely thing to be able to do and I'm glad my post was helpful :)

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  90. I've found the cheaper supermarket brands are no good too.  You have to use more of them and they always seem to be tiny compared to the better brands.  Great that you got your money back though :D

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  91. Ooooo, exciting!  Birth is scary since you never know how it will go but staying as calm as possible really helps for a better experience.

    There are lots of breastfeeding welcome schemes around the UK which highlight particularly breastfeeding friendly businesses.  I help out with Breastfeeding Friendly Chester and you can find most of the other schemes on facebook too :)

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  92. 'my youngest is 15 months and still bf and I have used Lansinoh this week since he's super nosey and keeps twanging me making me a bit sore :D 

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  93. Thanks Adele. They do come in handy don't they? :D

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