Staying warm when nursing
Everyone’s breastfeeding experience will be different but you can be sure you’ll be inundated with well-meaning, helpful advice. Jules’ best bit of advice, however, would be to make yourself as relaxed and comfortable as possible – and try to keep both yourself and baby warm. You’d be surprised how easy this can make feeding your little one.
Feed times vary considerably and, although its nice and warm at the moment, when it’s time to strip off and nurse you can quickly become cold. The market is overflowing with specially designed nursing tops (although we reckon our Cloud 9 nursing t-shirt is the best) and you can also get some great nightwear pieces. ¾ sleeve tops that unbutton for easy sleepy feeds will be your favourites and will help you keep warm.
We know it’s tricky, but it really will help if you keep organised, particularly before you go to bed. Making sure that you have everything nearby means you won’t have to waste time and warmth looking for things before a feed. Nappies, creams, a clean babygrow & muslins kept by your bed can be lifesavers at 2am, as will clean breast pads and a drink and small snack for yourself. You’ll be able to get started with feeding before your baby gets too frustrated and so avoid latching difficulties.
With nappy changes and little leaks often coming hand in hand with feeds, a tip from one of our mums was to put a clean babygrow behind or under you as you feed baby. If they then need a change, their clothes are already warm and snuggly from your body heat, comforting and encouraging them to drift off to sleep once their little tums are full.
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