I’ve learned so much breastfeeding my two kids, I struggled to BF Luke until he was 6 months and this time around has been SO different for me and I am really enjoying the breastfeeding relationship I have with Emma. Every Mama has a different relationship and breastfeeding experience, this is mine so don’t take it as gospel…it’s what I’ve learned along the way!
1. The second time around is SO much easier.
2. Get the latch right, and be sure to check for lip and tongue ties!
3. You ARE making enough milk. When in doubt, latch that baby on! If still in doubt, see #2!
4. Let your babe be in control, they know what they need. It’s difficult to let go sometimes, especially when you can’t see exactly what they are getting from you, which leads me to #5….
5. Don’t worry about how much they are getting. It is enough. They will grow big and strong!
6. It is possible to breastfeed successfully without co-sleeping. Both my kiddos love THEIR bed.
7. Surround yourself with a good support system. Find a really good Lactation Consultant, they are worth their weight in gold!
8. Relax, eat and get plenty of sleep in the first few weeks – it makes ALL the difference in creating a healthy milk supply.
9. Remember not to judge others, breastfeeding doesn’t come easy for everyone. It can be WORK. Always be supportive to others and remember you really have no idea how much guilt so many mothers put on themselves. We need to be lifting each other up instead of telling them they didn’t “try” hard enough.
10. Don’t compare yourself to how much other Mamas are producing, you will make exactly what your baby needs. And also remember that what you pump is not necessarily what your baby is getting from you! They are much more efficient at getting milk than your breast pump. I usually add about an ounce to whatever I pump if we need to give Emma a bottle.
What would be on YOUR list for what you learned about breastfeeding?