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Breastfeeding not working out?

If you are struggling to breastfeed your baby remember breastfeeding may be the natural way to feed a baby but it is a skill that needs to be learnt by the both of you. Like most things you can’t expect to get it right straight away.

Get help: speak to other breastfeeding mums and Peer Supporters at the breastfeeding groups and through Facebook. Or contact your Midwife/ Health Visitor for advice. Remember that there are a number of trained staff across North Wales who will be able to support you if you chose to continue to breastfeed.

Before making the decision to give up breastfeeding think about:

  • Have you been pressurised to give up? (Is the information you have been given by friends, family or even health professional, correct?)
  • Have you experimented with your breastfeeding? (Have you tried different positions or even expressing and feeding your baby from a cup/ spoon?)
  • Is mixed feeding an option? (although not ideal in the early days, mixed feeding may be an option later if you wish to return to work or if you are unable to make a full milk supply)
  • You can take your time. (You don’t have to rush to give up breastfeeding, slowly weaning your baby is often best for both of you)
  • It is okay to change your mind. (If you give up breastfeeding but later decide to start breastfeeding again, it can be possible. Find out more on The ABM web pages)

Finally, if you have had to stop breastfeeding remember any amount of breastfeeding is good for you and your baby.

Remember there are health benefits for you and your baby if you are only able to breastfeed for a few days. Click here for a breakdown of the wonderful health benefits you are giving to your baby from the first feed to 1 year or more.

If you are feeling low or upset, remember that good parenting is about more than how you choose to feed your baby. In addition please talk to your Health Professional who will be able to support you.

Belinda Phipps of the National Childbirth Trust said: "Because the benefits start right from the first feed, any amount of breastfeeding is a reason to feel proud".