One of the aspects of Motherhood that shocked me the most was breastfeeding.
For some reason, I just expected it to come naturally to both of us and that it would be smooth sailing from there.
While I was pregnant, I would casually say, “I plan on breastfeeding for a year” like it was something so simple and easy to begin and quit.
Little did I know, I’d be tempted to completely give up after a few short days.
I am so glad that I stuck with it, though! I have realized it is much more of a relationship than just a means to feed Grey.
I’ve learned a lot about nursing over the past 17 months…so I thought I would share my best tips to get you started off on the right foot…or should I say breast?
1. Do some research!
I didn’t read a single thing about breastfeeding before I gave birth. In fact, I didn’t do a whole lot of research on anything, Ha! But if I could go back, I would 100% focus on reading some books about nursing. You could also go to a nursing class or a La Leche League meeting! Our hospital offered both but I regrettably didn’t attend either of them.
2. Find a lactation consultant.
Did you even know they existed? I didn’t! What a cool job, though! You get to work with new mommas and newborns all day…I would love it!
Anyways…right as I was at my breaking point and about to give up, my sister recommended that I call a lactation consultant.
I called and scheduled an appointment for that very same day. I was desperate!
We went in and within five minutes she solved our problems. Grey wasn’t latching correctly and she showed me ways to fix that. She was also a great contact to have in the months following. I had her email and asked her numerous questions…to which she answered almost immediately!
(If you are local, I’ll give you her contact info)
I cannot recommend a lactation consultant enough!
Oh. My. Gosh. I was sooo thirsty in the first few weeks.
Make sure you are staying properly hydrated because this will really help with nursing. Keep a water bottle next to your bed, too, for those middle of the night feeds.
4. A Good Nursing Bra
A good nursing bra is such an essential for successful breastfeeding! Traditional bras just aren’t comfortable enough…especially in the beginning…and a nursing bra helps with easy access! My favorite one is the Medela Sleep Bra. I just order mine off of Amazon and I have multiples of the same one! Honestly, I wear them every single day…unless I’m wearing something that requires a “regular” bra.
(Which let’s be honest, doesn’t happen that often)
PS Order a size up because this one runs small!
Oh, and you might need nursing pads, too. These are my favorite.
5. A Nursing Pillow
We don’t use a nursing pillow anymore but it was so vital in the early days! Newborns tend to want to nurse for quite a long time so it’s nice to have the extra support of a pillow. I had the boppy, but I also used this one while I was at the lactation consultant’s office…and I like them both equally. We also used it a lot to prop Grey up on the bed before he could sit on his own!
6. Helpful Websites
There are two websites that I used a lot in the beginning. La Leche League and Kelly Mom! Seriously, bookmark these in your computer because if you are anything like me, you’ll be visiting them constantly! They have such good resources and literally answer every question you might have. Also, join your local La Leche League facebook page! They answer a ton of questions as well.
I hope these tips help you!
Email me if you have other questions about breastfeeding and I will try to point you in the right direction!
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading!
PS – I know some Moms choose not to breastfeed or cannot breastfeed and that is totally fine! I am not trying to offend anyone…I am just trying to share tips that helped me in the beginning. In my opinion, the best way to feed a baby is…to feed a baby!
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