Last week was World Breastfeeding Week and I began reflecting on my personal journey with my son. I am so grateful that I was able to exclusively nurse for 15 months and had such a great experience. I am still in awe of how incredible the human body is and all that it is capable of. It truly is amazing! Even though breastfeeding is absolutely incredible, I know each Momma has to do what is best for them and their baby, and at the end of the day that is all that matters!
Today I wanted to share some things I learned during my journey. I would love to know yours!
1.Take Advantage Of Resources
There are so many professionals that are there to help you with your journey from the moment you give birth and beyond. Ask questions, talk to your nurses, meet with the lactation specialists, take classes. If it is something you are wanting to do know the resources that are available for you and take advantage of them!
2.Talk To Other Moms
I think it is so important to connect to other mothers in the thick of newborn/breastfeeding life. Talk to people who will lift you up and provide support and insight. Ask questions to those who you feel comfortable sharing personal information with and get the support needed. It is so important to feel supported and encouraged throughout your journey!
3.Find What Works For You
Every baby is different so give you and your baby grace in the process. Try different positions, techniques, or recommendations until you find a groove with your baby. We are all different and there is no one “right” way to do things. Continuing exploring and trying different things until you find what works best and follow your baby’s lead!
4.Take Advantage Of Pumping
If you are able to, consider pumping to have another option in feeding your little. It is so nice to get some breaks as a new mom with others that are able to feed your baby. It also allows some flexibility for you and the feeding schedule. Pumping can additionally be great for “let down” milk or emptying both sides.
5.Take Care Of You
When you are nursing you are constantly thinking about what your baby needs. It can be easy to neglect yourself, especially if it is your first baby. Remember to take care of yourself and to continue giving your body what it needs to continue to provide. Fuel your body with nutrient dense foods, hydrate, and take care of your wellness the ways you need to. You can’t pour from an empty cup.
I would love to know your journey or experience!