Twitter, YouTube and boobs: top tips on using social media for breastfeeding

Social media and breastfeeding

Social media and breastfeeding; not natural bedfellows, you’d think?

Well, read on…It’s National Breastfeeding Week and I’m taking part in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt, along with a whole load of other brilliant bloggers (details of how you can enter the competition and also win a separate Emma-Jane breastfeeding vest are below). Today’s theme is around top tips for breastfeeding. I know lots of other mums taking part would have great advice about latching and so on, so I wanted to focus on another area instead. Social media would be my big tip for breastfeeding – there’s so many ways it helped me, and continues to do so:

Are you sitting comfortably?

  1. Firstly, get a smartphone! Babies breastfeed an awful lot for a long time when they’re younger and having the internet on your phone gives you a window to the outside world, keeps you awake and helps you feel less isolated when you’re trapped on sofa feeds or under a post-feed sleepy baby. Phones are a lot easier to hold with one hand than a laptop or an iPad – believe me, I’ve tried
  2. Make sure your phone is charged when you sit down to feed (or sit near a socket)
  3. I bought – and still use – the Widgy pillow for the baby and a V-shaped pillow for propping up behind me. But try out different things – it’s whatever works for you and the baby

Now lets begin…

  1. Twitter is completely invaluable when you’re breastfeeding; it’s a lifeline to know that you’re not alone and other people are awake at 3am…and 4am, 5am and so on. Through hashtags like #3amfc or  #nightfeeds I met a whole load of other mums who were up with babies (however they were feeding). And even at normal times of the day, Twitter mums – and dads –  were and still are a fantastic source of advice and comfort
  2. The best time to pin on Pinterest is 2-4am. As this is when you’re likely to be up for nightfeeds anyway, it’s perfect timing (here I am, follow me)
  3. YouTube, iPlayer, TV Catch-up and so on are all available for mobile and mean you can watch all the TV programmes you’ve probably missed that evening
  4. Read blogs! I read so many blogs in the early days of feeding; it’s such a good time to catch-up. I even had a special ‘nightfeeds’ folder of my favourites
  5. Blogs are also a great source of support around breastfeeding. I still remember reading Fritha’s post about overcoming her initial problems
  6. As I never seemed to have the time to blog myself during the day, I started drafting posts during feeds by typing them up one-handed on the ‘notes’ app on my phone (I still do this! It’s how I’ve written this post)
  7. I also edit and process all my blog photos on mobile apps like Afterlite, PicFrame, A Beautiful Mess and using the Instagram filters. Top tip: put your phone on the ‘airplane mode’ setting if you want to process but not publish on Instagram
  8. And the WordPress iPhone app is actually OK for publishing posts without having to go on a laptop

If you have a blog to add to my feed reading list, let me know (especially if it’s yours!)

If you want to take part in the Scavenger hunt and be in with the chance to win loads of things, follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below. Here’s some other bloggers taking part in the hunt so be sure to check them out:

Simply HayleyLife, Love and Living with BoysDiary of a First ChildOh So AmeliaThe Brick Castle

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WIN an Emma-Jane 830 deluxe nursing vest

Emma-Jane nursing vestTo celebrate National Breastfeeding Week I’m giving away an Emma-Jane 830 deluxe nursing vest.

As I said in my Bravado review post, nursing vests are great as they keep you warm and alos more covered up (and stop you having multiple bra / vest straps, my pet hate).

This comes in either black or white and sizes 10/12, 14/16, 18/20. I’ve had one and it’s been brilliant.

To enter, leave a comment via the Rafflecopter widget below.


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T&Cs: 1) To enter the Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt via my blog, comment on this post using the Rafflecopter widget. Read the separate T&Cs of the Scavenger Hunt. 2) I’m also giving away one Emma-Jane 830 deluxe nursing vest separately . No cash or alternative prizes will be given 3) To enter, comment on my blog and use the Rafflecopter widget 4) The prize draw will open at 10am on 24.06.13 and close on 05.07.13 at 10pm 5) The winner of the nursing vest will be picked at random from all valid entries via the Rafflecopter widget. 6) The winner of the nursing vest will be notified via email during July. The winner must reply within seven days of recieving the email or a new winner will be picked at random from the list 7) I reserve the right to change the entry dates at any time, for any reason. Thanks!

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67 thoughts on “Twitter, YouTube and boobs: top tips on using social media for breastfeeding”

  1. Haha! I love this! Social media has given me the courage to explore a lot of parenting ideas I might not have otherwise! My tip is to get someone to help with the basic housework. One less thing to think about.

  2. Use a hairband or bracelet round your wrist and change to which side you are using next for feeding sounds silly but you can forget especially if you get baby brain like I did!!!

  3. Wear nursing tops when going out if you are nervous about feeding in public as they help you be more discreet x

  4. I don’t have a tip as I am entering for my sister, but she would say just relax and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

  5. This is a great take on the days topic, my smart phone got me through some very late nights feeding, I also had the company of some lovely ladies on twitter in the wee small hours when I was in labour and everyone else in the house was sleeping….. no idea who they are in real life but they were wonderful!
    my top tip would be to get to your local support groups before baby arrives, meet the breastfeeding supporters and local breastfeeding mums. These people and their companionship, support, knowledge and experience will be so valuable to you, and its easier to go to them after baby is born if you have already met them

  6. Entering for my wife, she has weapons grade morning-sickness. She’s using the iBaby app. Nervous 1st time Dad.

  7. Lie on your side with your head on a pillow. Nestle your baby close to you, with her head in the crook of your arm, her mouth level with your nipple, and her tummy against yours.

  8. My top tip is never let anyone question your milk supply, if your baby is producing plenty of wet and dirty nappies then your doing a good job :)

  9. I breast fed all my three children and now my daughter is due in September and she is going to breast feed too.Every child is different in there needs.

  10. Totally agree Gill! Also keep a big drink nearby. In the early days I kept a sports flask next to the bed so I didn’t have to sit up to drink at those times when you wake up really thirsty! Lying down flat was such a luxury in between feeds, especially post c-section, I didn’t want thirst to make me sit up!

  11. Brill tips. I spend most of my time playing silly games and reading books on my phone while feeding so I kind of get where you’re coming from.

    I think my best tip would be not to feel guilty about sitting down and feeding and perhaps doing things on your phone. I can only do phone things when my son has drifted off into a boobie milk induced sleep these days as he gets curious about the lights or what mummy’s looking at! But if they’ve fallen asleep whilst feeding you still have to sit there so why sit there staring into space when you can catch up on the world around you!

  12. before beginning breastfeeding have everything you need nearby such as your mobile and use moisturizing nipple cream afterwards to sooth cracked nipples.

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

  14. Appreciate that baby will take up much of your time in the early days with demand feeding. Leave chores for others to do as your priority is your baby.

  15. If it’s hurting, try to concentrate on a TV show. I had several different midwives who all confirmed that I was breastfeeding correctly but what I was experiencing was “let down pain” and I found conversations with friends and television really helped take my mind off it. :)

  16. Give yourself and your baby time. At the start this is new for the pair of you so just enjoy this amazing bonding experience.
    Don’t let anyone hold you back with negative comments.

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