When I first began breastfeeding one year ago, I was totally unprepared to deal with how hard it was. I thought it was a no brainer: food + hungry baby = success. Not exactly! I read several books, but nursing is just one of those things, like giving birth, that you have to experience before you understand it. I look with envy admire those sweet babies and mommas who have no problem at all getting it figured out – maybe my next baby will be easier!
I’m no expert, but I just want to share with you the things that worked for me. I’m not a professional. I’m just a mom who’s been there, done that. And is still doing it!
Although I’m a breastfeeding advocate, I do not and never plan to put women down who choose to formula feed their babies. You have to do what works for you! Breastfeeding isn’t for everyone, but if you are planning to b-feed or are currently b-feeding, here are some breastfeeding tips for you!
- Milk Supply: If you are concerned with not having enough milk or if you are like me and your milk doesn’t come in for four days, then I highly recommend these two products…
Mother’s Milk Tea by Traditional Medicinals. I love this tea! It has such a good comforting flavor. I sometimes add honey to it, but it’s totally fine without the sweetener.
Solaray’s Fenugreek is an herb to help with lactation. I found it very helpful to stimulate my milk to come in and then to maintain a good supply.
- Nursing Tanks and Nipple Shields: I bought my nursing tanks at Target. I love them! They make b-feeding more comfortable and modest. Nipple shields are wonderful to help newborns if they are struggling with latching on. Also, the shields help with ouchies, if you know what I mean. My fabulous lactation consultant suggested that I use a syringe with (baby) sugar water to “tempt” the baby to latch. It really helped!
- Lansinoh Lanolin and Nursing Pads: Lansinoh’s Lanolin is the only topical cream endorsed by the La Leche League! Believe me, it helps and soothes the ouchies! You definitely will need nursing pads as well to catch leaks and deter any embarrassing moments. Ha!
- Positions, Posture and a Boppy: Don’t hesitate to use different nursing positions, especially at the beginning because you have to figure out what is most comfortable for you and your baby. For your posture, try to relax! Your baby can sense when you are stressed, so sit in a comfortable chair, use lots of pillows and take a deep breath! I loved using a Boppy especially when Ridley was really little. It definitely helped with positioning and posture – a must-have!
- Eat well and Drink a lot of Water! It is incredibly important for moms to eat well balanced meals and snacks! Breastfeeding increases your metabolism, so snack nutritiously. I think it’s pretty much a no-brainer why you need to drink tons of water, so be sure you do!
- Keep at it! Nursing for a lot of women is hard. It was hard for me. I “hollered” for 6 weeks when Ridley latched on because of the pain. The b-feeding learning curve is different for each baby and momma. If you get discouraged, call your lactation consultant, the LLL or even a friend who has nursing experience to get help and to verbalize your frustrations.
- A Great Resource: The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding
I love to talk to new moms or moms-to-be about this topic, so if you have any questions or (sweet) comments leave a comment or send me an e-mail! If you have more b-feeding tips, be sure to leave a comment too!