There are many learning curves with this natural feeding technique. If you don’t work through them you are likely to lose your sanity or even give up. Almost 5 months in I have learned a few things.
Patience is Key
The first six weeks took everything to not give up. There were many tears; my own and my daughters. We were both frustrated. Her little mouth struggled to latch on my ginormous engorged breasts. I would have to squeeze myself so much just so she could finally latch on. I often had milk blisters and clogged ducts because even though I got her to latch it wasn’t the correct latch. Then we passed the six week mark and these issues seemed to finally fade away.
Always Be Prepared
My little almost always empties the contents of her stomach while mid feeding. Many times I have been out covered in spit up with nothing to do. Of course I had a fresh outfit for her and wipes, but there is no easy fix for getting spit up out of your clothing when you are covered in it. After a few disastrous moments in the most inopportune places, I started packing a change of clothes for myself as well. Let me tell you, they have come in handy more times than I have wanted them to.
Not All Babies Will Take A Bottle
I have spoken about this before. My little will not, no matter what, take a bottle. Make sure to try a few types before giving up. Have someone other than yourself take a stab at it. It’s even better, supposedly, if you leave the house.
Modesty Goes Out The Window
I started with the cover ups and soon realized my little hated them. She was so hot under them so I stopped using them. I also tried to move myself to a more discrete location but, sometimes there isn’t anywhere else to go and to be honest, I was tired of hiding away and missing out on conversations. Now, I feed anywhere and everywhere.
Make The Challenges Become A Challenge Accepted Event
While on our first road trip we pulled over a lot! What should have been a 5 ½ drive became 8 due to my daughter’s nursing schedule. On the way home from that trip I figured out a way to contort my body so that she stayed buckled in her car seat and still was able to nurse. I felt like a champion!
To all of you nursing mommas or soon to be just keep at it! You are amazing. You’re body is a rockstar. Work through the difficulties.