New mums face many kinds of emotional challenges when it comes to feeding a newborn. For many it takes time, patience and practice and with the right tips and tricks, mums can tackle breastfeeding head on.
As with many other stages of pregnancy, birth and motherhood, Dr Nicole Highet from COPE (Centre of Perinatal Excellence), explains why working out the best way to nurse is often such a difficult time for new mums:
“Many people enter parenthood with ideals of what it will be like – often stemming from advertising and social media – and it’s far from their reality. For many, the fact there is limited honest discussion about the challenges of being a new parent, leads to feelings of failure – believing they aren’t a ‘good’ or ‘natural’ mother.”
“…Hope, expectation and pressure from health professionals compound feelings of failure if new mums are unable to breastfeed – whether by choice or circumstance. Every woman is different and we, as a community, need to learn to acknowledge this and respect decisions and circumstances.”
Here are her top five tips for new mums dealing with the challenges of breastfeeding:
- You are not alone. Plenty of new mums struggle with breastfeeding, and it absolutely does not make you a failure.
- Remember that what you might see in media or advertising is often romanticised and doesn’t always reflect reality.
- The most important thing is that your baby is getting nourishment. Whichever route to feeding ends up being best for you is best for your baby too.
- Your role as a mother is to look after your baby and looking after yourself is integral to this.
- Respect other women’s maternal and feeding decisions, whatever they may be.
Tommee Tippee, a global leader in baby feeding and sleep accessories, also recognizes that no two mums are the same. Vanessa Gonzalez from Tommee Tippee commented, “Becoming a new mum is an amazing time in any woman’s life but it can also be seriously overwhelming. When getting to grips with feeding a newborn it’s so important that mum is able to make her comfort a priority as well as her child’s.”
How the ‘Made for Me’ range can help
‘Made for Me’ has been developed and tested with real women in mind by Tommee Tippee. To provide support when it comes to breastfeeding, there are five different products, including an improved electric pump and a new silicone pump, tailored to support mums in whatever feeding style they choose.
“At a time when all focus is on baby, we wanted to create a range that put mum at the center and encourages a little bit of self-care,” Vanessa says. “Breastfeeding is an extraordinary effort and commitment by mum which should be celebrated. That’s why the ‘Made for Me’ range was developed specifically with mums in mind, because we understand that each one is truly one of a kind.”
Tackling the challenges of being a new mum is hard, so it’s important to get help where you can and from who you trust to make it easier. Remember that everyone is different and thus their breastfeeding journey is going to be different too.
Find out more about The Tommee Tippee ‘Made for Me’ range by visiting www.tommeetippee.com.au