5 Breastfeeding FAQs and Tips Revealed

Posted by: Lancashire County Council

It’s natural for new mums to have many questions in the early stages of motherhood. As part of our healthcare initiative, we’re here to provide advice and support to mums in Lancashire, which includes answering a few FAQS about breastfeeding.

Don’t forget, if you’re a new mum you can sign up to the Six Week Breastfeeding Challenge to learn more about the many benefits it provides.

1. Why should mums breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is the most natural way for a baby to feed and provides many health and emotional benefits.

By breastfeeding, mums will provide their baby with essential nutrition such as vitamins, protein, and fat, which will help your baby grow.

By doing this for as little as six weeks, you can also help your baby fight off infections and reduce the risk of illnesses such as diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and eczema. Research has also shown it will also reduce the chance of childhood obesity.

2. What are the benefits for mums?

Breastfeeding is the ideal opportunity to form a natural bond with your baby which will last a lifetime.

There are also health benefits for mums. By breastfeeding, you’ll burn extra calories, which will help you to lose pregnancy weight faster. It’s possible to burn up to 500 calories a day! It releases the hormone oxytocin, which will help your body return to its pre-pregnancy size.

Breastfeeding has also been known to stop uterine bleeding, and it will lower your risk of developing breast cancer and osteoporosis.

While it may seem a natural choice for some mums in Lancashire, many are now choosing to bottle feed their baby. Why has this happened?

3. Why do some mums choose not to breastfeed?

While it may seem a natural choice for some mums in Lancashire, many are now choosing to bottle feed their baby. Why has this happened?

Katie Wharton, Infant Feeding Coordinator at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “According to the 2010 Infant Feeding Survey, there can be many reasons mums may not want to breastfeed or don’t breastfeed for as long as they had hoped for. Several reasons include support they receive from professionals, family, and the wider community. Across Lancashire, health visitors, midwives, and children centres are implementing the baby friendly standards to ensure parents are getting the right support to help them achieve their goals. One of the reasons is they may feel uncomfortable or unsupported when feeding out and about. Businesses can help by showing their support by signing up to the Breastfeeding Friendly scheme and displaying the ‘Breastfeeding Welcome’ stickers.”

4. What are some common challenges with breastfeeding?

Some mums may experience anxiety when facing the prospect of breastfeeding in public. The Equality Act 2010 ensures they have the legal right to breastfeed in public, and it’s illegal for anyone to stop you from breastfeeding in public.

To relieve any remaining fears, you can visit Breastfeeding Friendly Places in Lancashire for details on where you head to in the county for friendly locations.

Another key challenge is many new mums struggle to get their baby to latch on. Make sure your baby is awake and ready to nurse before trying to feed him or her.

Getting the right support to ensure breastfeeding is comfortable and baby is getting all your available breast milk is essential, make sure you ask your midwife or heath visitor about what support is available. The benefits it provides to babies and themselves, which is why they may not choose to feed this way.

5. What’s the best position for breastfeeding?

 Babies can feed in any position which is comfortable for the both of you. Remember, as long as your baby is close to you, his or her head is free to move, their head and body are in line, and the baby’s nose is level with your nipple, this will provide you and baby the best opportunity to latch on successfully.

Sign up to the Six Week Breastfeeding Challenge

For more advice and assistance on your progress, you can join our Six Week Breastfeeding Challenge.

You can sign up today to enjoy our free web app which monitors your daily progress together, as well as gaining access to expert advice.

If you’re already taking the challenge, you can sign up to our Facebook community where you can connect with other mums in Lancashire and enter upcoming competitions.

Mums can also contact their midwife, health visitor, peer supporter, or local children’s centre for information and support about infant feeding.