What wonderful advice you offered to new moms in the Share Your Breastfeeding Wisdom post yesterday. Thank you Mamas!!
Here is some of the wisdom you shared…
Andrea T says: Get the baby nursing as soon as you can after birth. Learn to nurse lying down, which is so great for much needed rest.
Leah says: Relax, your body knows what to do and baby knows what to do! Take advantage of the laction consultant at the hospital, if you are doing great it will feel reassuring for a pro to tell you, and if you are doing something wrong they can help you before you go home. Nurse when baby needs to, don’t let people make you feel like you are doing something wrong. Breastfeeding is the reason we have breasts, why else do they fill with milk when you give birth! Breastfeeding is a wonderful moment between you and your little love, you are the only person who can provide natures perfect food.
Robin Sayers says: It will get easier! Hang in there, mama! Try to relax and don’t stress out about being on a schedule. If you can get meals prepped and freeze (or have people bring you meals) so that you can focus solely on your new little miracle and ease into nursing. Don’t stress if your LO doesn’t get it right away. Surround yourself with people that are supportive of breastfeeding and know that you are doing an amazing job and that you are a wonderful mama for giving your baby nature’s perfect food!
ashley says: Use raw cabbage leaves right on your breast for engorgement, sore spots, plugged ducts, and breast infections! Nothing else works better.
Kendra says: My best advice is listen to your baby and your body. Toss the clocks and feed whenever the baby seems hungry and let him/her suckle as long as he/she wants. Surround yourself with people who support you and seek out IBCLC’s for help NOT your chil’s ped! BREATHE and drink water!
Hannah says: If you have small nipples you may have more problems at first with cracking and bleeding, which can often lead to mastitis. Using a nipple sheild every other time you nurse can help keep the damage to a minimum as your nipples build up calluses. Don’t get frustrated and don’t give up. With both of my girls, 3 months was the magic number. After that it was smooth sailing. Using a breast pump if the cracking gets too bad, can keep up the milk supply while the nipple is healing as well.
maggie says: My son is going on 35 months. He is obviously weaning, but it is happening slowly. I regret ever worrying about nursing too much, in the wrong places, in public, or when others told me I should stop (including one pediatrician who tried to get me to wean at one year). I see the nursing relationship winding down as we transition to big boy underwear for a while in the evenings and hug while out shopping instead of stopping the whole shopping trip for num-nums. When he does crawl up to reconnect or to collect himself at my breast, I breathe in deeply and cherish the moment fully. Like with cosleeping, this will not last forever, and once it is finished…I won’t be sorry that I ignored all the “experts” who somehow thought they new better than a Momma’s intuition.
Sarah says: Ignore any advice that encourages you to stop nursing or supplement. Even if it’s a lactation consultant, another consultant may have a whole different view. Keep searching until you find a supportive professional to help you!
meredith says: While breastfeeding is natural, it’s not necessarily intuitive. Give yourself a break if it takes a little bit to get the hang of it. Remember that in generations past, women were surrounded by mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunts who could provide support, instruction and encouragement. That’s not usually the case today, unfortunately. Find wise women(lactation consultants, breastfeeding friends, support groups, etc.) in your community who can give you what you need to learn how to develop a healthy nursing relationship. Lastly, enjoy!
hope says: Trust your instincts and remember you are the advocate for your baby. If you insist in the hospital that you want to nurse they have to do as you wish. Always keep you baby close and don’t forget to ask for help. La Leche League is a great resource of Mother to Mother support that is absolutely free.
Natalie says: Be informed, prepared and relaxed! Be informed about the many resources that are available to breastfeeding moms. Be prepared to face both struggles and joys. Be relaxed and enjoy this wonderful bonding experience with your new baby!
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Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.