A lot of moms start out with the intention ofbreastfeeding, but because of other issues – illness, surgery, or feeling overwhelmed, to name a few – some parents may choose to introduce formula rather than pump or breastfeed.
It’s most important to remember that breastfeeding only works if it is comfortable for both you and your baby. There is nothing wrong with formula feeding. But if you want help with breastfeeding, you can receive valuable help by contacting your community health nurse, your midwife, or lactation consultant.
If, after a period of formula feeding, you do decide togive breastfeeding another go, here is how you can start:
Whether your baby is latching and you are still producing milk, or you are struggling with one or both issues, the process will likely be time consuming as you may need to:
Most moms will need to pump or breastfeed at least eight times within a twenty four hour period, and the more often you do it, the better. It may take several weeks for you to build up a full supply for milk (particularly if you have had issues such as a breast abscess). Be patient and go easy on yourself.
Do not focus on the day to day victories and setbacks. Review how you and your baby have progressed in your breastfeeding journey each week, including how well your baby is latching and how much milk you are producing. Here’s a pro tip: you can tell how much breast milk your baby is receiving by checking nappies. Formula-fed babies have firm and brownish bowel movements while breastfed babies have loose and yellow bowel movements.
Arm yourself with everything you need to ensure the greatest level of success for resuming breastfeeding. Some great essentials include:
Peachymama’s breastfeedingtanks,tops anddresses are specifically designed to allow moms to privately and comfortably feed their babies while looking enviably cool and stylish. From basics like supportivehigh waisted pants and long sleeved tops, to gorgeous dresses for your next night out, we have it all.
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The sizing & fit of Peachymama nursing clothes are specially designed for you and your ‘after baby’ body.
Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, waist and hips. When measuring your bust we recommend you wear your nursing bra.
Keep in mind our sizes are based on an Australian fit. Use the chart below to find yours.
If you're not sure, simply contact us with your a) measurements, b) height and c) weight and we'll guide you to the perfect size.
|FRONT RISE||28||11||29||11 1/2||30||11 3/4||31||12|
|INSIDE LEG||76||30||77||30 1/3||78||30 2/3||79||31|
* 'Inside Leg' is the measurement that indicates the pant's length.
** The 'Front Rise' is the measurement from your crotch to your belly button.