Posture whilst feeding

You are likely to be sitting up for 6-8 hours each day when feeding, so it is important to get this right!

A comfortable chair and good feeding posture is essential in order to prevent neck or back pain.

Pain whilst feeding may shorten your feeding time. It is better to correct bad posture before pain develops than treating pain once developed.

Have a good chair. A chair with arms to rest your elbows and ensuring feet are flat on the floor with your bottom at the back of the seat is preferable.

Prevent leaning forward. A footstool to lift the foot on the side the baby is feeding will prevent forward leaning. At night, sit in a chair rather than sitting in bed.

Protect your neck. When feeding at night, use a travel pillow to support the neck and prevent your head dropping forward if you fall asleep. A book or TV can stop you looking down at your baby and prevent neck pain.

Have everything you need at your feeding station. Ensure you have drinks, food and anything else you may need at hand.

Feed where you feel comfortable. This may not necessarily be your baby’s room as you may feel isolated here. If possible have more than one place in your home to feed.

When breastfeeding, ensure the baby’s nose is at nipple height. Keep your elbow supported by cushions – try two normal and one V Pillow. When you take your breast out of the bra it should sit on the top pillow.

When bottle-feeding, changing position is important.  Change arms frequently keeping elbows supported. Try to get somebody else to wind or feed your baby if your neck or upper back is sore.

Always seek treatment to avoid any current pain from increasing.

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Pelvic Pain After Delivery

This most commonly occurs within one to six weeks after labour.

The most likely cause is that the pelvis has not fully repositioned itself after labour, showing symptoms of pelvic girdle pain (See our previous post about pelvic girdle pain below)

Recommendations –

  • Abdominal and pelvic floor strengthening exercises may help your pubic symphysis pain.
  • Seek advice from an osteopath about specific treatments available and when to begin exercising.

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Back pain after a difficult delivery

causes-back-pain__largeYou may experience back pain after a difficult delivery, caesarean section, a long second stage, if your baby was back to back (OP) or an assisted delivery with forceps or ventouse.

Back pain may be immediate or may start approximately six weeks after delivery.

The pelvis needs to open approximately 6cm during delivery. If the baby is not in a good position or there is a long second stage, the sacrum or coccyx can often be held down or injured.

A healthcare professional can give you exercises to strengthen your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, which help to support the back.

If you know that your delivery was difficult, you should seek treatment from an osteopath within 2-3 weeks after delivery.

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