It is only natural.
As human beings and mammals it is only natural to feed our babies breast milk. And before anyone gets all in a fuss I want to clear a few things up.
I firmly believe that fed is best so if you choose to not breast feed or your milk supply doesn’t come in and you choose formula all the power to you.
And to all the people who look down on Moms whether they are breastfeeding or formula feeding I want you to think about something – how did your Mom feed you?
Being a brand new Mom is hard work and your focus is on providing the best for your child.
So before you judge a new Mom on her choices step back and give her some room to breathe and be the best Mom she can be.
Moms, I support you no matter whether you breastfeeding, formula feeding or use a milk bank. We are all in this together.
I am going to let you in on a little secret.
Breastfeeding scares me, the possibility of not being able to makes me so nervous.
I am currently pregnant with my second child a pure miracle in it’s own right given that I was told it might not happen.
With my first child I was only able to breast feed till 9 weeks for reasons all in its own. It could have been stress. It could have been lack of water and proper nutrients for Mom.
It could have been fatigue and lack of support. The possibilities of what it could have been are endless. My milk dried up and in order to feed my child I needed to supplement with formula.
So this time around I have been doing lots of research so I know what to do and who to call if I need support.
But in the end if my milk dries up and I formula feed I will be okay with that. I will not have failed I will have provided the best for my child.
Moms supporting Moms.
The best support is fellow Moms. Experienced Moms, Moms going through the same situations. I found a great circle of people who have helped me and given me amazing tips on how to bring in my milk supply, hopefully sustain my milk supply and provide for my child.
In an effort to help you and other Moms going through this same situation I want to share all of this information with you.
Another great resource is your ob/gyn or Pediatrician they might have a breastfeeding nurse who’s job is to assist you in your breastfeeding experience.
La Leche League is another great resource and you can find them here.
If you know of a Mom who is struggling with breast feeding or if you are struggling with breastfeeding don’t stress get some support.
Below you will find some of the best tips I have found on breastfeeding, bringing in milk supply, taking care of both Mom and baby and so much more.
The Best Breastfeeding Tips:
- Try not to stress about it. Stressing can cause your body to not supply what you and your baby need.
- Be patient while your milk supply comes in – everyone is different, every pregnancy is different.
- It can take 2-4 days for your milk supply to come in.
- If you can’t get a good latch you can hand express and feed baby via small bottle or syringe.
- Try to get rest when you can. I know it is easier said than done.
- Drink lots of water. Hydration is one of the keys to a good milk supply.
- Eat lots of healthy foods. If Mom is healthy, so will her milk supply.
- Avoid alcohol or limit. Alcohol will transfer into your milk supply. If you have questions contact your doctor.
- Limit caffeine as it can effect your supply.
- Do not over wash your nipples. Clean as normal. They will do as they naturally do.
- Did you adopt? Talk to your doctor about possible breastfeeding options. It is possible.
- Remember newborns nurse/feed a lot.
- Carrying your baby in a sling or wrap promotes bonding which can promote good breastfeeding.
- If you can pump the extra milk and store in milk bags.
- Pump or feed ever two – three hours will help with supply breastfeeding.
- You can freeze extra breast milk for later feeding.
- Try to find a latch or position that works best for you and your child
- Purchase a breastfeeding pillow to help with support.
- If your nipples are raw rub some of your own breast milk on the area or warm compress.
- Do you have inverted nipples – entirely normal. Try a nipple shield when you breast feed.
- Discuss with your partner and family ways they can support you during breastfeeding.
- Non-hormonal birth control methods will not effect your milk supply. Like condoms and family planning.
- Hormonal birth control like the pill, vaginal ring and more will effect your milk supply.
- Breast feeding is natural but not always easy.
- Practice makes perfect.
Above you found 25 of the top tips to help you transition into breastfeeding. Do not stress it could take up to 4 days for your milk to come in naturally. Feeding or pumping often can help with the maintenance of supply. There is support if you need it. Contact La Leche League if you need more information.
Breast feeding supplies:
- Organic nursing pads
- Breast milk storage bags
- Manual breast pump
- Electric breast pump
- Lanolin nipple cream
- Nursing bras
- Breastfeeding ice packs
- Nursing pillow
- Nipple shield
- Nursing cover
I wish you all the best in your pregnancy and breast feeding journey,