Happy World Breastfeeding Week! If you don't know my breastfeeding journey, I'll give you a quick run down. Kid #1: barracuda suck, destroyed me, nerve damage, mastitis times 3, exclusive pumping, lasted 4 horrible months, nightmare. Kid #2: latching issues, 1-2hr nursing sessions at each feeding, mastitis times 3, baby didn't gain weight for 2.5 months until I finally quit, nightmare. Kid #3: I chose not to breastfeed. For me, choosing not to breastfeed was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make, but I knew it was the right one. It killed me to not be able to provide for my little one, but for me, it wasn't best. I knew all the truths about breastfeeding and how "breast is best". I support breastfeeding 100%. But I also am here to say, sometimes it doesn't go the way you plan...and that's ok! I always want moms to know that it's great to try everything you can to make it work, and get all the support you can, but it's also ok if it doesn't happen for you.
I asked my online community to share some of their best tips and advice about breastfeeding, and they had some great things to share!! I hope this advice helps you out so much in your breastfeeding journey!
it's natural but not easy, never feel bad about asking for help - @unfading_grace_
be patient, have grace for both of you, and don't be afraid to try a nipple shield! :) - @pintsizedmama
Do NOT drastically change your diet after baby's born. Feel free to kick people out of your hospital room if you aren't relaxed. You are nourishing a human life with your body (wow). Of course it's your full-time job! - @AshmoBeam
give it a chance to work. You are both learning. - @c_sexton
drink plenty of water. Rest when you can. Eat protein and embrace that time! Also? Nipple shields rock. - @basicallyjulie
give it time. It isn't always easy right away. And take a break from the baby when you need to. Breastfeeding is awesome, but I always ended up screaming "NOBODY TOUCH ME FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE" if I didn't take time for myself. - @anewhistory
the only thing that got me through was knowing before that it hurts. It is supposed to hurt in the beginning. - @allmostnatural
I recently got to try out Dr. Brown's Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow. This is a nursing pillow designed by a lactation consultant with the best feeding position in mind. It is angled to help with digestion and help reduce reflux. The pillow is very soft, and has a wider surface than most pillows I've used so it helps keep the baby in place better.
I asked a few of my friends to try out the pillow with their new babies, and they all loved it! The design of the pillow is so great because of how the baby is at an incline throughout the feeding, and the pillow is a comfortable fit for mom as well. We loved that it was designed with the baby's feeding needs as well as moms comfort in mind!
I hope if you are a new mom, or even a seasoned mom who has struggled through breastfeeding, you will seek out support and make the best decision for your family! Sometimes all we need is the right support!
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