Note: These are just my experiences. I understand that breastfeeding isn’t for everyone and that some people have reasons that don’t allow them to breastfeed. I am not biased at all.
Every mom asks the big question, to breast feed or not? Right off the bat I knew that I would want to try considering I am in the nutrition field. When Adam was born he was a couple weeks early and he was having trouble latching onto the breast and as a result he had low blood sugar, so we had to supplement with formula. Of course as a new mom I was terrified! I was thinking OMG he is going to starve and then when supplementing I was asking myself if I was feeding him too much. It was a crazy mind game.
We spent a week in the hospital because he had low blood sugar, jaundice and had to have phototheraphy. Even when we went home he didn’t latch great, he would just move his head ferociously not really grasping onto the nipple. Finally after crying my head off I called the lactation consultant, she said they could come out next week and that what was going on with Adam was very common for babies born a couple weeks early. Luckily, after a couple more days of schooling Adam got the hang of it and lactation didn’t even have to come over. I am glad I stuck with it. The best position for us to feed is the “Football Position” it is great because he lays on a pillow right under your arm you bring his head and neck right up to the breast and stuff your whole nipple in his mouth! Don’t be afraid to get the whole nipple in there that is what you want for a great latch.
This week is my last week of maternity leave and after almost 3 months of being exclusively breastfed we have another monster to tackle! We have been trying to introduce him to the bottle so when he goes to his grandparents and daycare he can eat, but he is refusing the bottle pretty badly. He won’t even take the bottle from my husband. It is crazy, he cries and screams and just dillydallies not drinking it. He is spoiled.
Some things I have learned from breast feeding are to have confidence and patience. As a new mom you are faced with sooooo many things and it will make your head spin if you don’t stand confident and have patience. This may be your first child and you have never breastfed before but it is something we are born to do and it is instilled in us from millions of years of women doing it, so at least give it a shot and if it doesn’t workout for whatever reasons don’t let it eat you up and make you feel bad, at least you tried. You know your baby the best, nobody else. If he is crying feed him, change him, hug and kiss him, don’t worry about schedules or charts or some article online saying that he is going to get fat if you feed him to soon. Seriously. And as for patience, well patience is needed all times of the day for a million reasons.
Here are some more of my experiences, thoughts, and what has been working for me.
- I love breastfeeding, it’s time well spent with my son. I couldn’t think of any other thing I would prefer to do then look in his beautiful eyes.
- I let Adam drink as much as he wants, the baby’s body utilizes all parts of the breast milk so don’t limit them. They will generally stop themselves from feeding once your breast has emptied. Sometimes Adam just wants a sip or a snack. I always offer the other side just in case he is still hungry. He generally eats about 1-4 ounces per feeding and that usually takes about 10-20 minutes per breast every 2-3 hours.
- I pump once a day and store milk for when I have to go back to work and send him to his grandparents and daycare I am sure I will be pumping at work so I can store extra otherwise my milk supply may dwindle.
- My favorite websites for breastfeeding information are Kellymom.com and Bellybelly.com.au both these sites are filled with info on breastfeeding. I could sit there and read for hours, I am a BF info junkie!
- Some people have told me to be careful of certain foods for example spicy foods but I have not had a problem with this yet, I have had a diet rich in all kinds of foods so far and nothing has had an impact on him.
- I am all for breastfeeding in public, but have not come to the point where I want to engage in it. I don’t mind doing in front of certain family or friends but you will not find me at a restaurant with my boobie out. Maybe the second child?!?!
- As I said earlier YOU KNOW YOUR BABY BEST! Do what you feel is right, don’t listen to anyone else. <3
Feel free to share your story below! I would love to hear it.