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Breast milk is the best thing for you and your baby. It looks after them with all the nutrients they need for growth and development, supporting their immune system and little tummy for the happiest, thriving start! Best of all, breast feeding is a natural bonding experience for you both. We’re here to help you with all sorts of advice, including how to express your breast milk, and what to eat when breast feeding. Remember, as a breast feeding mum - whatever you eat and drink, your baby gets too!
Your breast feeding diet
Have you noticed your baby responding to certain foods or drinks? Mums tend to steer clear of spicy foods, onions, garlic, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts, as these can all give your baby wind. Hydration is so important during breast feeding - aim for about 10 glasses of fluid, including water, juice or milk, a day.
Things to avoid while breast feeding
Caffeine can disrupt your baby’s sleeping patterns, leaving them irritable and unsettled. So if you both want a good night’s rest, it’s important to limit your intake. Remember to limit alcohol too - the same alcohol level in your blood is also present in your milk. So if you’re going to have your glass of bubbly or strawberry daiquiri, it’s important to plan ahead! Express early for your baby’s feeds, or plan to feed baby just before you start drinking.
- Limit your coffee, tea, cola or energy drinks to two per day
- When drinking alcohol, plan ahead: Express for baby’s feeds, or feed just before
- Alcohol is usually present in breast milk between 30-60 minutes after your first drink
- It takes up to 1 hour per standard drink for the alcohol to be out of your system.
How to breast feed
It’s important when you’re breast feeding that you both feel content and connected ... your breasts should feel empty and softer afterwards, so if you’re feeling any discomfort, don’t ignore it. Signs that your baby’s not feeding properly include making ‘clicking’ sounds, dry skin, dry mouth and dark, smelly wet nappies. If you’re experiencing any problems, be sure to contact your midwife or local lactation consultant, or read our tips on how to breast feed.
Expressing your breast milk
At some stage, you may be interested in expressing your breast milk. This can be done by hand or using a pump, either manual or electric ... yes, it sounds like we’re talking about cars! If you do decide to express, there are several steps you need to follow when storing your expressed milk.
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