To Celebrate Word Breastfeeding Week, Julia Kelly, the founder of the Meemoobaby Meelight gives us her tips on breastfeeding during the night.
Set every August for the first seven days of the month, World Breastfeeding Week aims to highlight the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to both the health and welfare of babies, as well as a wider push for maternal health, focusing on good nutrition, poverty reduction and food security.
But we all know that breastfeeding isn’t always as easy as it sounds; no matter how many books a mum-to-be reads or classes attended, when it comes to the ‘real deal’, it’s not uncommon to find breastfeeding painful, stressful and generally hard work.
Breastfeeding has to be learned by both mum and baby – and support, both practical and emotional are part of the key to success.
And once you’ve got the hang of it during the daytime, there’s the often dreaded nightfeed to contend with!
Here’s some tips for breastfeeding during the night feed – hoping they help:
1. Preparation is everything, so have everything you need to hand
A large glass of water or two, mum snacks if you’re the hungry-while-feeding type, (crackers are good), muslins, nappies, wipes, nipple cream, nappy rash cream, spare cot sheet and baby clothes in case of little accidents,
2. Keep the room as dark as possible
You do not want to over stimulate yourself or baby with bright light. Avoid turning the main lights on and don’t get your phone out! Blue light emitted from screens and phones suppresses the production of melatonin, your body’s natural sleep hormone! Instead use a dim night light like Meelight, which gives a very gentle glow and is wearable and dimmable – perfect for hands-free night time duties.
3. Don’t settle for anything less than a good latch
The goal is to have baby’s mouth wide open, chin dropped and touching your breast, tongue down, with her lips flanged—not puckered in—on the areola. If you don’t get it right first time, then gently removed baby from your breast and try again – if you continue in agony then it’s likely the next feed will be even more painful!