Let’s talk Boobs!
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To breastfeed or to formula feed. I’m not going to lecture you on which is better, I personally feel as long as you’re feeding your baby and he/she is happy and loved that’s all that matters. Early on in my pregnancy I knew I wanted to breastfeed, and I didn’t have the slightest clue what was next. I started reading (my favorite thing to do) and became overwhelmed. “Try this position if your baby doesn’t latch.” “Cracked nipples” “breastfeeding in private,” I don’t feel like I need to go on. The countless articles out there gave me information but I still had no idea what I was doing. I bought the supplies, Medela Pump, Nursing Pads, Nipple Cream, Pumping Bottles, Breast Shield Wipes, Nursing Bras, and the list goes on. Nothing prepared me for what breastfeeding would take until I actually had Baby E. Thankfully now and days each hospital has a lactation consultant that comes in everyday while you’re in the hospital, utilize them! I was extremely lucky that Em had no trouble latching and was a nursing pro (at least that’s what they told me, I still was in shock that I just gave birth to a child.) The hospital made sure I put her on a strict schedule, every 2-4 hours she had to eat. I took that very seriously, so at 2AM when she didn’t want to eat and she wanted to sleep. I began sobbing, frustrated that I couldn’t get her to latch, and terrified that it had been 4 1/2 hours since she ate last. I called for help, I was then reassured by the nurse that she was okay, and she took her to the nursery and brought her back 2 hours later when she was ready to eat. The biggest lesson I learned from that is, if I freak out she can sense it, if she’s hungry she will eat, and breastfeeding is hard but so rewarding. Your body not only created this human being but now your body is providing food so that this little being can survive. Nights are hard and I found myself frustrated that I was the only one who could feed her in the middle of the night, envious that Paul could sleep. But then I looked down and saw this tiny little face, in awe that I was finally holding our baby, the moment that I prayed for, for so long. I came up with some breastfeeding tips that I have learned along the way. If I don’t have something listed that works for you, please leave a comment so that other mommas can see.!
Find a position that baby likes- The hospital will teach you all the different ways that you can feed your baby. Don’t be afraid to try them, what works for one baby may not work for another.
Ask for help- If you feel like you aren’t producing enough milk or baby isn’t latching, contact the lactation consultant. My daughter’s pediatrician gave me a script for me to make an appointment with one. They are there to help, no question is embarrassing.
Stay hydrated and eat enough- If you don’t stay hydrated or eat enough calories your body can’t make the milk your baby needs. I believe the rule of thumb is 8oz of water after each feeding on top of your normal water intake.
Fenugreek- I contacted my OBGYN on things that I could take to increase my milk supply so that I could start a freezer stash and found that the fenugreek capsule seemed to help. (plant-based)
Pump- This may not be for everyone, but this gave baby E’s daddy a chance to feed her. She was two weeks when he finally got to feed her and it helped him feel a part of the process.
Wake Baby Up- Nursing is naturally calming and soothing to your baby, make sure they don’t immediately fall asleep before they finish nursing, otherwise they will be back up again in an hour or so and the cycle will continue.
I have linked the breast pump and nursing supplies that I use below:
A picture of my little love to end the post!