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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of sustainable living, saving money, lifestyle and travel. It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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Keep Britain Breastfeeding : Top Breastfeeding Tips You Should All Know

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Breastfeeding is a very personal choice and being a hypnobirthing mum, I am a huge advocate for the "natural option", which is why I am more than happy to support the Keep Britain Breastfeeding campaign as part of National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (23rd-29thJune).

Having breastfeed both of my daughters but having had very different experiences with them both, I don't claim to be an expert but I am certainly an "experienced mum" (my midwife's words, not mine), so here are my top breastfeeding tips.

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1. Nose to nipple. This was the most sensible piece of advice I was ever given. It is totally true and helps your baby to latch on as they will open their mouth widely and get a big mouthful!

2. Try different positions. This may sound obvious but just like us, babies can prefer certain positions more than others. My youngest daughter had a side preference too and for a while I found myself expressing one side and allowing her to feed from the other.

3. Be patient, it is not a race and I, for one,  never like to rush my food .... why should my baby?

4. Breastfeed how and when suits your baby. Some mums like to try and get a routine whereas others prefer to breastfeed on demand. There are no hard and fast rules ... make your own rules that work for you and your baby.

5. Breastfeeding is not only good for baby but for mum too!! Aside from helping your body adjust back to normal, it is reported to help fight the baby blues and may protect against breast cancer!

I could list a million reasons why it is good for you and your baby but the most honest one is that it is the natural choice. This is what we have been doing for centuries, giving birth and nursing our children is what we are designed to do. I know that for some women this isn't the right choice for them and the decision on how to feed your baby should be an informed one, but I would ask every expectant mother to simply try ... you may find it is the most natural thing you have ever done.

As part of The Keep Britain Breastfeeding Campaign, we are taking part in their Scavenger Hunt. The goal of this scavenger hunt is to inform and educate families about breastfeeding as well as providing an online platform for people to share their knowledge and own experiences during National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (23rd-29thJune).

The rules are here

Readers need at least 50 points from the rafflecopters to be elligible for the prize and we have listed below some other great reads where you can collect more points!


2 - a Rafflecopter giveaway


Find other bloggers taking part here ....

Simply Hayley

Red Rose Mummy

Oh So Amelia

Twinkle Mummy

A Baby on Board




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  1. Emily Morris

    I used lanolin ointment on my nipples faithfully morning and night and never experienced any cracking or bleeding when I started nursing.

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  2. Anna

    Don't watch the clock to see how often or how long your baby is nursing. Instead, go with your instincts. If your baby is rooting around or crying, then feed him or her ? even if you just did.

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  3. Rachel gatley

    Invest in some good nursing clothes! If you are a little shy like me, it makes it a whole lot easier!!xx

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  4. My tip would be to take your time and don't be disheartened if you don't find it easy straight away.

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  5. Enjoy this amazing time with your baby!

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  6. Samantha

    My top tip is to never let yourself or others question your milk supply, if your baby is producing plenty of wet and dirty nappies then your doing a god job :)

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  7. My top tip is to research normal newborn feeding and sleeping behaviour before baby is born.

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  8. Katie Wilkinson

    Don't be afraid to seek advice. If you can't afford a consultant ask your local midwifery/health team to put you in touch with local peer supporters

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  9. Laila

    Read the la leche league book - the womanly art of breastfeeding. Very helpful and has info on local LLL

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  10. Sumayya Em

    You'll have your tough days but never give up, it's all worth it :D

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  11. Alexandra Willetts

    Relax and enjoy it x

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  12. LucyBat

    Relax, breathe through the pain, it will go eventually!

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  13. charlotte louise

    my top tip would be to join an online or community group to meet or chat with other breastfeeding mums

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  14. Thanks so much for linking up to the Parenting Pinterest Pin it Party - my tip is also to listen to your body, if you feel you need support and help, then do seek it. Sometimes it doesn't all go well at first, and its OK if it doesn't just ask!

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  15. My tip is to do it in public as soon as you dare. Take your mum or a good friend to support you. Once you've managed that hurdle, things will seem less stressful!

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  16. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing ever and what's better is that it's free and so convenient.

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