4 Tips for Breastfeeding Mamas

National Breastfeeding Month is in August, so I thought I’d get a head start and share some tips that helped me while I was nursing my son. I knew I wanted to breastfeed, so I took some classes to help me get prepared. It seemed pretty easy enough and I thought it would just come naturally. Little did I know how challenging it would be for me.

My milk supply didn’t fully come in for a few days and I felt so confused. Is my baby getting enough to eat? Why is he still crying? In all honesty, I felt like a failure. Looking back now, I know I was being hard on myself for no reason. I guess nobody told me that what I was going through was completely normal! After a few weeks, things started getting better, and little by little, I started getting the hang of it.

One of the best decisions we could have ever made was hiring a lactation consultant. She was so great at answering all of my concerns and developing a nursing plan. My nursing sessions went from lasting one hour to about 30 minutes. I learned that it takes a lot of patience, and the bond that I created with my son while nursing is indescribable. It was our special alone time. I breastfed until he was 8 months old and can say it was so worth it.

Here are a few tips I picked up that helped me along the way.

  • Relax; it takes about two weeks for you and your baby to learn the art of breastfeeding. It is like dancing!
  • If nursing hurts after the first 30 seconds of sucking, take the baby off and start over. There is no pain.
  • You are not nursing a clock, so understand your baby’s feeding cues. You know your baby better than anyone.
  • Once breastfeeding is going well, put 8 clean diapers on the changing table around midnight. By noon the next day, the baby should have soiled at least 4 diapers, if not; the baby may not be feeding enough.
Do you have any tips that helped you while breastfeeding? How was your experience?
P.S. One of my favorite things about nursing was taking pictures of my little one while he hung out on the nursing pillow–this is one of those pics. 

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