I wish I could go back in time, knowing then what I know now about breastfeeding, but I have spent enough days living in the past. I have wasted enough tears wondering “what if” & not giving myself the grace I need to move on as a mom who stopped breastfeeding her baby way sooner than she wished. I hope this post can be helpful to even just one person & make the transition into motherhood & breastfeeding a little smoother.
SIX STEPS TO PREP FOR BREASTFEEDING YOUR BABY
- Drink Mamas Milk Tea
- You can take a supplement of Fenugreek &/or “Let There Be Milk” drops
- Get this Milk Boosting Essential Oil & start using it before your baby arrives.
- Take a breastfeeding class
- Plug into a Breastfeeding Support Group
- Stock your fridge with easy to grab food for when you come home for the hospital. I wish I would have gotten a ton of cold pressed juices & healthy granola bars. Oatmeal helps & you can even have lactation cookies pre-made & waiting for you when you get home.
- Drink water all day long (they say 6-8 ounces every time your baby breastfeeds). Get a big water bottle & make yourself drink it constantly, or fill your fridge with easy to grab water bottles.
I think these last two things would’ve helped me a ton… eating more food & drinking more water. I was completely overwhelmed, & tired, & had no appetite. I wasn’t taking care of myself & I definitely wasn’t drinking enough water.
Give yourself grace as you & your baby learn how to breastfeed. You can ask to see a lactation consultant while you are at the hospital, they can be super helpful, just be careful not to let them overwhelm you. I saw three different lactation consultants, one in the hospital & two that came to my house after I came home. *Most cities have lactation consultants that will come to your house after you are home. Ask the hospital for that number before you leave.* The lactation consultant that I had in the hospital made me feel like I was doing it all wrong. Although she gave me tons of helpful information, the two ways she was showing me to get my baby to latch just wasn’t working for me. It made me feel inadequate & like I was NEVER going to get it. I wanted to cry. The last lactation consultant I saw, came to my house & was amazing. There are so many different ways to get your baby to latch on correctly, just be patient as you both learn what works best.
If you are having problems with your milk supply, start pumping after every feeding. It’s all about demand & supply. The more your body thinks you need, the more it will make.
IF YOU CAN’T BREASTFEED
Let me just start out by saying, you are not alone. I love all the breastfeeding awareness posts, & I think breastfeeding is truly such a magical & wonderful thing, but it can make someone who can’t breastfeed (for whatever reason) feel rotten, or even like their baby is going to suffer because they are on formula. You are not alone. Don’t give your negative thoughts life. Let go of the unneeded clutter, and only allow for thoughts that allow you to progress. Clear mind, happy soul. Hold your baby close to you when you bottle feed. Still do skin to skin with your baby. Don’t read anything on the internet. Focus on all the positives… clear mind, happy soul.