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Real Breastfeeding Advice From 40+ Moms

Breastfeeding Tips from Real Moms

When it comes to breastfeeding, every mother’s experience is unique. What works for one mother, might not work for another mother. My friends, the mothers that have been in the breastfeeding trenches before, were my greatest support when it came to nursing. When something wasn’t working, they were there to offer empathy or tips based on their experiences. It made all the difference! I recently polled over 40 breastfeeding moms from a mom group and this is the REAL advice they gave about nursing. Take what works for you and leave the rest.

“Never judge how much milk you can produce by how much you pump!”

“Always sit and relax while your are breastfeeding when your husband is around. You don’t want him knowing you can breastfeed and multi task. Just kidding, sorta lol!”

“Never quit on a bad day.”

“I nursed in the beginning in front of a mirror. I could see how I was holding him, that I was not relaxing and even what was showing/or not when I nursed in public. It helped a lot!”

“Don’t quit in your worst day and trust your body. Not trusting it makes you think any little problem is breastfeeding related. And if you are struggling, see a lactation consultant!”

“Ask for help the minute you think something is not right. I waited too long and had bleeding nipples before I even left the hospital.”

“Don’t be afraid to call a lactation consultant. They are there to help and welcome your questions. That is what they are there for.”

“Research what tongue tie looks like and ask your lactation consultant or pediatrician about it if you are having trouble breastfeeding. Once we had my son’s tongue tie clipped, he was an awesome nurser!”

“Pedis aren’t always the most knowledgeable when it comes to breastfeeding. If they tell you something you don’t feel is right or don’t agree with, consult a lactation consultant. I was told to supplement with formula for both kids, but was able to meet with a LC and sort it all out without having to supplement.”

“It’s ok not to love it at first….or ever!”

“I grew to love it but I sure didn’t at first!!! I think women need to give themselves permission to feel any feelings while breast feeding.”

“I highly recommend taking a breastfeeding class before giving birth. It helped with my confidence.”

“Never quit on a sleep deprived day!”

“Have a good pump. It makes a difference between the crappy ones.”

“Just because products are out there to help doesn’t mean they are right for you! I could never get the breastfeeding pillows at the right height or feeling comfy on me!”

“Trust your body and baby.”

“My one and only rule was to never quit on a bad day.”

“Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding and kellymom.com are my go to resources when it comes to nursing.” 

“The rule that ‘it doesn’t hurt if you are doing it right’ is a bunch of bull. It will be uncomfortable at the beginning until your body gets used to it. It should not be a sharp, stabbing pain, though.”

“Have a large cup of water and light snacks within arms reach.”

“Having to exclusively pump or supplement doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with your body.”

“Nourish your body. Pay attention to nutrition and hydration. Don’t try to lose the baby weight by starving yourself while nursing.”

“Breastfed babies should be measured using the WHO growth charts, not the regular one most pediatricians use.”

“Pee before you nurse because you will inevitable have to go the second your baby latches.”

“Never, ever wield a razor anywhere near your lactating nipple. Request All purpose nipple ointment upon discharge from the hospital. Relax.”

“Drink plenty of water.”

“Never take no for an answer at work, find a place to pump.”

“Allow time for child to eat, relax and enjoy your bond.”

“Insurance covers pumps, some require a prescription. Call your insurance to find out the procedure before you go to the hospital to have your baby.”

“Find a support/drop in group if you can. It’s a great way to learn and a nice way to meet new moms.”

“Consider milkies, or other ways to catch leaking milk from the non-nursing side, and save it in your freezer for back-to-work.”

“Breastfeeding is only one part of motherhood; formula isn’t poison, and if you must supplement or don’t reach your goal of whatever months or years, don’t beat yourself up! Good moms are good moms.”

“Buy nursing tanks and sleep bras before birth so you can have some in your hospital bag. You might need them 24-7 to hold pads on, and to be comfy. Nursing tanks under all shirts are a great trick for being able to nurse discretely and not bare your belly. Target has great ones in the maternity section.”

“Find a good lactation cookie recipe– because, well, who doesn’t love cookies? It’s a great way to eat the extra 600 calories you need to breastfeed! Make a nursing “station” with trail mix, water, and the remote, lots of pillows, so that you have a good spot. You end up nursing all day long sometimes at first or it feels that way!

“Warn everyone that comes over that you are nursing and learning, so if they are not comfortable seeing your breasts, they should come back in a few weeks once you got the hang of it. Nobody should have to hide to feed a baby in their own home, and skin to skin is important in the first month to establish a good supply.”

“I always pumped on one side while nursing on the other to help build up my supply. I always got the most in the mornings this way.”

“Sleeping through the night has nothing to do with breastmilk or formula, I’ve tried it all.”

“Get a good chair to sit in. Breastfeeding on the sofa or on your bed is not ideal when you are first trying to figure it all out, especially if you are having trouble. It just increases the stress on your body and when you are stressed, the baby senses it.”

“Something as simple as a birthing stool can help get your positioning and latch correct in those first few months of nursing.” 

“Nursing is not a guaranteed “lose the baby weight diet” for everyone and some (many) of us actually hold onto weight until weaning.”

“Find a friend who has successfully breastfed that you can consult when times are hard. It helps having someone tell you that it’ll get easier when you are ready to throw in the towel.” 

What are YOUR breastfeeding tips?

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