Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Breastfeeding Tips from This Mama of Three
*Nurse as much as you can in the first four weeks.
*If you want to schedule, four weeks in your milk supply will be established.
*Don't be afraid to check with a nurse or La Leche League if you're having trouble with latching on.
*Nurse while laying down in those early days to get some rest.
*Lansinoh is a lifesaver.
*Drink a tall glass of water while you nurse.
*Listen to some relaxing music while you nurse.
*Have a special box of toys for toddlers to play with just when you're nursing.
*Don't be afraid to breastfeed anywhere and everywhere.
*Know that baby will quickly outgrow your cute cover and not want to be covered up.
*Don't quit just because everyone else wants you to.
*No, you won't breastfeed till your child is in high school, but you will breastfeed till you and your baby are ready to quit. No sooner.
*Pumping isn't fun. Don't do it unless you have to.
*What you pump is not an accurate gauge of what your child is receiving.
*There will come a day when you can leave the baby and not worry about breastfeeding.
*Surround yourself by other breastfeeding moms for support.
*Know the signs of mastitis, how to treat naturally, and when to call a doctor.
*Know that there's life after mastitis.
*Enjoy your portable meal supply. It's a time when you don't have to prepare food, spoon feed a baby, or clean up a meal.
*Enjoy these quiet moments that can only be shared between you and this baby. No one else can do what you're doing right now.
*Trust your instincts.