I wanted to include some resources surrounding breast feeding your baby. This is something I was able to do with my firstborn and desperately wanted to do with the twins and couldn’t keep up my milk supply and I’m ashamed to admit that I absolutely hated myself for it.
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Kate Hale is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant.
Kate has spent the last 25 years providing postnatal care to thousands of women in her private practice and in maternity hospitals throughout Australia.
Kate knows the issues new mothers face, and the challenges that come with caring for a new baby. She has condensed her years of experience, study, and research into developing easy to follow videos that will help new mothers learn to breastfeed without pain, understand their breast milk supply and learn ways to increase breast milk supply.
Kate knows the importance of including fathers in the early days of parenting. She has created her specific video on baby care showing easy to learn techniques for mothers and fathers on baby bath, baby massage and baby changing.
Kate is the mother of four children. She lives and manages her own private practice in Sydney, Australia.
It is really good to get used to how your breasts are feeling just before a feed. When you do this you are learning to read what they are telling you!
You will feel some areas denser and fuller than other areas, which is normal. What you want to get used to is working out if between both breasts you feel it will be a good breastfeed.
You are also giving yourself a clue as to whether the next feed is likely to only be in a couple of hours or more 3-4 hours from when you are starting this feed. The fuller you feel, the longer until the next feed is needed.
When you feel more confident with assessing your breastmilk supply, you have given yourself the confidence on how to act in between feeds.
For example, if the feed was a great full feed and your baby is awake and crying sooner rather than later, you don’t have to jump in and feel it needs to be fed again. If on the other hand, you had felt your breasts were soft at the previous feed, of course, you will feed again!
As a breastfeeding Mom, we always query our supply. Gaining confidence in what you are feeling your breasts ‘tell’ you is very empowering!