I have been getting questions regarding breastfeeding, so I figured I’d write a blog post for first time breastfeeding mamas. Breastfeeding is an indescribable experience every mom should have. There are tons of benefits of breastfeeding. Studies show breastfeeding babies have a lower risk for diabetes, lower risk of SIDS, not to mention breastfeeding aids in protection against childhood obesity. The list could go on and on. I want to share with you some tips that I’ve picked up during my breastfeeding journey. I want your experience to be an awesome one. Hope you enjoy!
- TRUST YOUR BODY – Make a decision to TRUST YOUR BODY. Breastfeeding requires a lot of mental strength, especially in the beginning. After delivery, you will “feel” the urgency to feed your baby and doubt your ability to produce enough milk. NEVER question your body. God created your breast to feed your child. Don’t allow thoughts of “enoughness” to enter your mind. You are enough and you have everything you need to successfully care for your baby. I would highly suggest you speak with a Lactation Consultant while you are in the hospital after delivery. Those first few days are critical to your confidence and awareness of your body and what it was created to do. It’s you and your baby. Look into your baby’s eyes, that’s where your strength will come from. Ask loved ones to agree with you and support your journey. Ask them to be your strength when you feel too tired or inadequate to nurse. And remember, YOU CAN DO THIS!!
- BREASTFEEDING HURTS – I’ll be the first to admit, even with proper latch, breastfeeding WILL hurt. Your areola and nipples have to gain “toughness” for this journey. I want to warn you now. Will it get better? Of course. But in those first few days, your nipples will feel like they’re on fire – literally! LOL! Try a warm or cold compress to help ease the pain – whichever you prefer. Just wanted to give you a heads up! 🙂
- PATIENCE IS KEY – Like any great journey, be patient. Be patient with yourself and your baby. Get comfortable. Relax. It’s you and your baby. Put on some soothing music. Just remember to be patient. You will get frustrated. You will feel like quitting. Take a deep breath and hold your baby close to you and start again. I remember crying my little heart one night trying to get Bailee to properly latch. I was so tired I couldn’t even think straight. She was crying and I was crying. I literally looked into her eyes and gained my strength. I relatched her, calmed her down, and she nursed herself to sleep. Although I felt tired and overwhelmed, I didn’t give up.
- RELAX – So relaxation is a MUST. Find a position that works BEST for you and your baby. Remember, breastfeeding is a mental game. Control your mind and you’ve won half the battle. I would also suggest you find a consistent routine. Same place, same atmosphere. In the first few months, you may find it beneficial to nurse shirtless. Let it all hang out. LOL! 🙂 My point is, do whatever you need to do to relax.
- YOU GOT THIS – For me, I was the first in my generation to breastfeed. It was new to everyone in my family. I had to keep myself encouraged. Let me encourage you. YOU GOT THIS. I cannot stress the fact that breastfeeding is ALL about mind control. Tell yourself that you can successfully breastfeed. Tell your body that it has everything your child will ever need. Let go and allow your body to do what it is supposed to do! YOU GOT THIS GIRL!!
Love you Mommyhero!
Until next time…
Remember, YOU ARE STRONG! YOU ARE GREAT! YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!
Here’s a picture of Bailee totally milk wasted!! 🙂
Here’s a video about my breastfeeding journey with Bailee!!