5 most frequent Breastfeeding Concerns and How to Overcome Them

Will the size of my breast affect my ability to breastfeed?

It makes no difference whether you have large or small breasts as breast size is mostly to do with fat content rather than milk-production glands.

Can I breastfeed if I have inverted nipples?

Again, nipples come in many shapes and sizes. Although inverted nipples or flat nipples may make it harder to breastfeed, it is still possible. Your midwife or health visitor will be able to support and advise you on how to overcome any difficulties you may experience.

Can I drink alcohol if I’m breastfeeding?

Everything you eat and drink is passed onto your baby through your breast milk so it is probably best to avoid drinking alcohol. However, alcohol clears from your milk at about the same rate it clears from your bloodstream, so if you have one alcoholic drink just after you’ve breastfed your baby, it should have cleared within two or three hours, that is, before your nest feed.

Does breastfeeding hurt?

Once breastfeeding is properly established the hormones released during the process actually make you feel relaxed and happy, so it shouldn’t be a painful experience. However, some people experience problems with breastfeeding which can hurt, but these can be overcome with the proper support.

Can I breastfeed if I’ve had a caesarean?

Yes. Although you may need help picking up and holding your baby for a few days after the birth, breastfeeding will not harm your recovery from the operation. Try to use positions where your baby does not press on your tummy.

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