Breastfeeding positions + why you feel shoulder/neck pain when feeding

Breastfeeding positions + why you feel shoulder/neck pain when feeding

One of my most read blog posts on my website is “Breastfeeding and exercise” and I guess you could say that today’s article is a long-awaited follow up to this.

 

I wrote that original article many many years ago to give new mums answers about how to exercise comfortably whilst breastfeeding, whether exercise affects milk supply and how many calories need to be consumed to enable the system to continue to lactate etc.

 

A few years down the track and a lot more education later, I’m back with a new instalment which I’m actually pleased to say is some of my best work if I’m honest.

 

Producing milk isn’t so much a struggle for many of you as such (although I could write a whole piece on that if you wish), but many more of you often comment and ask me questions about how to stop getting pain in your shoulders, neck and back whilst feeding.

 

So, today I’m here with a video I’d like you to tune into to learn:

 

*why you get pain when feeding your baby,

*what positions you should try feeding your baby in,

*the difference between “bottle” and “breast” milk as it pertains to research,

*how you can prepare your body better for breastfeeding during pregnancy,

*the benefits the action of breastfeeding provides for your baby, and

*the difference between the development of a baby who’s breast or bottle fed

And, there you have it!

 

I’d really appreciate your comments, so drop me a line if you have any questions, or you need clarification of anything I mentioned in the video.

 

I’m more than happy to help, as you know.

 

If you’re pregnant and concerned that you don’t have the strength to be able to withstand the physical demands of breastfeeding, book your space on any of my pregnancy fitness or pregnancy Pilates classes, where you’ll learn first-hand, what it is you need to do now to improve matters.

 

My Bump to Babe pregnancy fitness classes on Mondays and Wednesdays in Lady Bay provide cardio, toning, Pilates, stretching and tonnes of education about what happens to your body during pregnancy.

 

If you’ve had your baby and you feel you need to address your shoulder/neck/back pain, come along to my Beginners Pilates classes on a Tuesday at 8:30pm in West Bridgford where you’ll learn about posture, alignment and what positions you may be placing yourself in caring for your newborn are adding to the tension.

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Claire Mockridge
Claire Mockridge is an Ante/Postnatal Fitness Expert, Pilates Teacher and Train-the-Trainer. She's worked with over 950 pregnant and postnatal women and enjoys empowering and educating her clients on safe and effective exercise. Claire is a Health Columnist for the Nottingham Evening Post, a Health Expert for BBC Radio Nottingham, regularly writes for the national press and is the Winner of Theo Paphitis' Small Business Sunday Award.

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