How to help establish breast-feeding

Nursing tips for new mums


Day three

Your milk should come in around day three, after your baby has benefited from the early colostrum. This new flow can feel a little painful, and leave you lethargic as your body adapts. Rest assured this is normal and should pass. Have plenty of breast pads to hand.

Don't rush

One of the key pieces of advice is to take your time and don't expect a routine to emerge any time soon! It can feel like your baby is feeding constantly in the early days, but your body is designed to match production with demand so ensure you eat well, rest and accept that much of your day needs to be devoted to this natural bonding process.

A former senior editor on the Daily Express Saturday magazine, Denise Marshall specialises in lifestyle and parenting. Follow her on twitter: @nisecmarshall

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