Breastfeeding doesn’t ‘just come naturally’ to every mum – there are so many who have tried every trick in the book to get their baby to latch on with no joy. But the good news is, there is help on hand
It’s 4am and you’ve been trying to breastfeed your baby for what seems like hours with no success. You’re either on the verge of tears or pulling your hair out. All the other mums you know had no problem getting their baby to latch on, so why won’t yours? Take a breath. You aren’t alone. There are endless resources to turn to…
Partners and family
Your loved ones are always brilliant to lean on as they know you best. OK, so your partner may not be able to instinctively understand how upsetting it is for you to struggle with breastfeeding, he can learn.
Help get him clued up by taking him along to some support groups or by suggesting that he talks to an expert himself. This may help you both chat openly about your feelings and help him be there for you.
Drop-in for a chat
There are plenty of groups you can attend and meet with midwives and other breastfeeding mums, giving you a relaxed and informal setting to share your worries. Most local councils will be able to direct you to your nearest breastfeeding drop-in centre, where midwives will be on hand to advise you on different positions to try that perhaps you haven’t thought of yourself.
In recent years, breastfeeding cafes have sprung up all over the UK – usually dedicating a few hours a week to breastfeeding mums. You don’t need to make an appointment, simply drop in and have a cup of tea and a chat.
Fire up your laptop and you’ll instantly have tonnes of information at your fingertips – no matter what time of day or night it is. The Internet is jam-packed with blogs, forums and sites bursting with breastfeeding support from global experts and mums who have been through it all. Chat on the wall below this article to share your thoughts. As well as our breastfeeding articles, take a look at some specific sites:
La Leche League
The Baby Friendly Initiative
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
Speaking to other breastfeeding mums is possibly one of the best options – they won’t judge you and you’ll find a lot of them encountered the same issues as you, so they may be able to suggest things to try that you (or your midwife) just wouldn’t have thought of.
You can find your own supporter through the Breastfeeding Network, giving you a person who will be there when you need trusted advice.
While the Internet is fantastic, it can feel impersonal, which is when having a chat with a human (rather than a screen) can be a brilliant option. Sometimes we all need to speak to someone who doesn’t know you and who won’t judge you on any level. All of the below helplines are fully accredited and open 24 hours a day.
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0844 412 2949
La Leche League: 0845 120 2918
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212
National Childbirth Trust: 0300 330 0771