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Breastfeeding

Memo for successful breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is natural and is a magical step in the mother-baby relationship. Nature does things well and will help you: trust your instincts and those of your baby who knows exactly what to do! Breastfeed your baby on demand, especially during the first six weeks whilst breastfeeding becomes established… here are a few bits of advice to help you become an expert in no time.

Breastfeeding accessories

  • Nursing bras are absolutely essential!
  • A nursing shawl, to maintain your intimacy
  • Breast pads to avoid staining your clothes
  • A breastfeeding cushion to support baby during the feed
  • A manual or electric breast pump with storage bags so that dad can feed baby if you’re not there
  • Silicon nipples for optimal positioning in baby’s mouth and to relieve the skin on the nipples themselves
  • Breastfeeding herbal tea to stimulate breast milk production

Caring for your nipples

  • Support your breasts with a suitable bra
  • At the end of each feed, use a drop of your own milk to moisturise the nipple
  • Use a cold compress to relieve painful breasts
  • Regularly massage your breasts to prevent the milk duct from becoming obstructed

Nothing is forbidden, but there are products that should only be consumed in moderation

You can consult our tool on “A healthy diet whilst breastfeeding.”
The various feeding positions to try

The Madonna position

Position de la madone

Position de la madone

  • Support baby with the arm on the same side as the breast with which you are feeding
  • Their head should rest on your forearm
  • Their stomach should be right up against your body: their head is therefore facing the breast and not turned
  • Your back should be straight, there is absolutely no need to bend over forwards in order to breastfeed
The inverse Madonna position (perfect for beginners)

The inverse Madonna position (perfect for beginners)

  • This time baby is supported by the arm opposite the breast with which you are feeding, thereby freeing up the second hand to support the breast being suckled
  • Baby’s stomach is right up against your body so that they are facing your breast
The rugby ball position (perfect for mothers who have had a Caesarean):

The rugby ball position (perfect for mothers who have had a Caesarean):

  • If you are feeding with the right breast, baby is lying next to you in the chair on your right hand side
  • Use your forearm to support them along the length of their back and your right hand to support their head
  • In this position your left arm and hand are free and can support the breast with which you are feeding
The lying position (perfect for feeding at night)

The lying position (perfect for feeding at night)

  • If you are feeding with the right hand breast, lie on your right-hand side
  • Lie baby down next to you on their back
  • You can use your left hand to support their head only
The Biological Nurturing (BN) position

The Biological Nurturing (BN) position

  • Settle into a semi-lying position on your back (with your back slightly raised)
  • Lie baby down on their stomach on your front
  • Help them to climb up to your breast to feed
  • Ensure that they don’t roll onto the side by putting your arm around them
Breastfeeding advice

Breastfeeding advice

  • Always feed in a correct position to avoid backache and sore, cracked nipples
  • Change position regularly to ensure that the breasts are completely drained in a natural manner
  • Alternate the breast with which you are feeding regularly in order to stimulate baby on both sides
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