Breastfeeding Thoughts as a New Mom

Breastfeeding Thoughts as a New Mom
There are so many things I learned along my breastfeeding journey that I wished someone would’ve prepared me for! I’m beyond grateful that my body and breasts can do this for my baby, he gets the liquid gold that I can provide! With that being said, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with some challenges along the way.
I didn’t expect my boobs to hurt like they did! The beginning of your milk coming in is quite the experience. It comes in hot and heavy until your supply adjusts to your baby’s needs. This can be somewhat of a surprise because you only see the beautiful images of moms breastfeeding online. You don’t see the pain and sometimes discomfort that comes along with it.

Speaking of your milk coming in hot and heavy, you likely will leak! Everywhere! The boobs sometimes have a mind of their own and get ahead of themselves with the milk lol: I may have squirted myself and Ben a time or two! It’s also common to leak when baby isn’t even nursing, so it’s helpful to wear some sort of nursing pad at first. While baby is nursing on one boob, the other may leak as well. I loved using a Hakka to catch the letdown and store to use in a bottle later!

Your nipples can get sore too, newborns feed quite often and it can take a little for your nipples to “toughen up!” They do eventually, but it takes a little time. It’s important to note though that breastfeeding shouldn’t be painful while baby is nursing. If so, the latch probably isn’t right! Lactation consultants can be very helpful with getting a proper latch.

Of course, the frustrations of being new to this come in too, which is normal. I was wondering if he was getting enough and if I was even doing it right. I was trusting my body and the way our body’s work, but yet had so many questions! At the end of the day, as long as baby is growing and having those wet/dirty diapers, they are getting what they need.

Having the ability to provide nourishment in such a way to my baby is one of the biggest gifts I could ever give him and I’m so grateful that I’m able to nurse. But it’s okay to know that it isn’t all rainbows and butterflies at first!

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Breastfeeding Toll

Breastfeeding Toll
Breastfeeding is truly an amazing experience and I’m so grateful for what my body has been able to do. Not only did I grow and birth this sweet little munchkin, but now I’m able to nourish him with my body. Breastfeeding is hands down one of the best things I've done for my little one. Has it been easy? Nope it hasn't. 

It takes a toll on your body, as does pregnancy and birth-again things that I am so happy to have gone through-but it does change things. Your boobs become heavy and basically you're at the whim of this adorable little human that you birthed. None of these are bad or anything but it's something that isn't always talked about and even when it is, you don't really know how it's going to feel. 

Sometimes breastfeeding can feel completely overwhelming because you’re the only one who can feed the baby. It’s hard to take care of yourself when you’re the sole provider of nourishment for your baby. But that’s exactly why you should be! 

Whether you are breastfeeding or not, it's so important for us moms to support our bodies with sleep, water and food. Breastfeeding just adds another level to it! 

It can help to learn what foods help your milk supply or what oils help you mentally and physically as well as getting back into movement. Keep water on hand at all times and make sure you’re drinking consistently. A great tip to follow is to drink when the baby drinks! When it comes to food, nutrient dense foods are key for your baby to nourish you and baby. 

Lastly, don’t focus on the baby weight. I know it’s easier said than done and you may have heard stories about breastfeeding either helping or hindering weight loss. Just focus on nourishing your body, drinking water and getting movement in when you can; we love to take walks!

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Pumping as a Nursing Mom

Pumping as a Nursing Mom
I've learned that in motherhood so many people have different opinions, but it's important to just find what works best for you and your baby. Before having our son, I heard varying opinions and viewpoints about breastfeeding and pumping. It was honestly a little overwhelming!

I didn’t know where I’d land when my little munchkin actually arrived Earth side, but I was open to doing whatever was best for him and I. Once he was born, I ended up pumping slightly because he wasn't eating as much as my breasts were producing. This is totally normal at first because your milk can come in hot and heavy before it regulates to your baby! I needed to pump to release some of the milk to avoid pain or mastitis.

The #1 thing I was told to regulate your production was to get baby to breast as much as possible and allow him to eat when he wants. Babies have such a tiny belly when they are first born and so they typically eat quite often. Once he and I regulated, I produced just the right amount for him and it has worked well for us since!

I like to pump once or twice a week after the morning feeding to have some “extra milk” on hand to freeze and store. I wanted to make sure I had some incase I need to be away from him for any reason; aka if Tim and I should decide to leave the munchkin with one of our parents' to go out to dinner, to actually have a date night.

I wanted to share with you one pump that has been really helpful! I'll never forget the night where I woke up in a lot of pain and this little guy just didn't want to eat (and he wasn't actually hungry). I ordered this pump in order to save some of the milk for a later date or even sell/donate!

I’d love to hear your breastfeeding experience! Did you choose to pump? What was most helpful for you?

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Breastfeeding Station Staples

Breastfeeding Station Staples
Breastfeeding is a full time job and I learned quickly how nice is it to have a few designated “nursing spots” in my house. Sometimes he might nurse for longer than usual or sometimes he will fall asleep afterwards! Having designated spots helps me if I’m going to be trapped under a baby for a little bit. 

Before I share about the stations, I want to add that’s it helps to go to the bathroom before you nurse. It’s not fun being nap trapped under a baby and having a full bladder! Make sure you fill up your water bottle too! Drinking water is so important as a nursing mom, but can easily fall to the wayside. It’s a great reminder for us to drink our water while baby is nursing. 

The goal of having a breastfeeding station is that everything you need is readily accessible to you. I like to try to have a few different stations around the house (if I can) so that I have these items handy for whenever the baby needs to eat! If you want to go a step further, you can even grab a cute basket like this one (link) and keep everything in there! I’ve seen moms use a caddy as well to transport to different areas of the home, so do what works best for you!

Things to include: 

 Water bottle
Burp cloth
Phone charger
Something to entertain you (book, magazine, tablet)
Nursing pillow 
Nipple cream

While all you technically need is baby and boob, it’s nice to have these things to make nursing easier, comfier and more relaxing for you. It’s great to have a happy momma for a better breastfeeding experience and for baby! Breastfeeding consumes a lot of our time and these baskets are just one way to make it a little easier on us!

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Things to Remember When Breastfeeding During the Summer

Things to Remember When Breastfeeding During the Summer
Breastfeeding takes on a whole new challenge during the summer heat, but it's important to plan ahead to keep you and baby hydrated and happy! 

I want to start by saying that your baby only needs breastmilk! It’s totally normal for him/her to want to nurse more in the summer heat; same way we drink more when we are hot. Just lean into your baby’s cues and let him/her call the shots. If your baby is starting more foods than just breastmilk, freeze some milk with softened fruit to make a frozen treat for them. 

Don’t forget to pack a few snacks for you too! Being a breastfeeding mom, I know we are always hungry!

With that, it’s so important that you stay hydrated too! It’s always important to be drinking more when you are outside and sweating, but if baby is drinking more, that can dehydrate you too. One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep an insulated water bottle with you at all times; whenever baby drinks, you drink!

Wear loose, cool clothing to keep you and baby as comfortable as possible. When it’s time to nurse baby, find shade if you can! If you can’t, try to shade baby as much as possible. A wide brim hat is a great option to block the UVA/UVA rays from the sun. If you prefer to use a cover while nursing, a light muslin square works great! If you’re able to, I know moms who have gone to the car to nurse to get a break from the heat and utilize the air conditioning too!

If you are a pumping mama, don’t forget to pack a cooler and ice packs too if you need to store or transport any milk. This is a great reminder too if you make any of the frozen treats I talked about above!

I know breastfeeding in the Summer heat can be a little overwhelming, but don’t let it stop you from having fun and enjoying the sunshine! 

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