We can all admit, breastfeeding is much harder than we thought it was gonna be. Even if you knew it was going to be a full time job, you just didn’t expect it to be so tiring, like literally… Nearly every time I breastfeed, I nearly fall asleep. Keep in mind, I’m only 3 months postpartum, so obviously I don’t know everything there is to know about breastfeeding. I’m also going to break this up into parts, this will be part one, and each part will have several tips, I hope you enjoy.
Don’t give up:
This probably one of the best tips I can give you. It is going to be hard, very hard, at times.
My daughter had problems latching when she was about 2 weeks old, and it was the hardest thing for me. She latched so well in the hospital, I didn’t have a problem at all, got home with her, and she continued to do well, and then things got difficult. She literally just stopped latching, she would scream and scream, because she couldn’t latch. I was at a point where I just wanted to give up, I was done trying. I would be crying at night and during the day, because I just couldn’t get my baby to eat. But the thing that helped me the most to get her to latch is my next tip…
The nipple shield was a lifesaver for me. Once I bought it, and immediately tried it, my daughter latched, and has not had an issue since. We are still using it, and although it is really irritating to have you use it every time she eats, I’m just glad I can still breastfeed my baby. I bought the Medela brand, and it works well. My suggestion though is if one brand doesn’t work, try another, and if it hurts, try a different size.
Regardless of what you might get told breastfeeding is going to hurt a little or a lot. I was told if it hurt, it was because I was doing it wrong (I had a really stupid lactation consultant). The reality is, it is more than likely going to hurt, and one main reason for that is your nipples have never been through that before, so they have to get used to someone sucking on them all day. The best thing I found to help with dry, cracking, bleeding nipples, was coconut oil. No, not any of those creams marketed for nipples, but coconut oil. I would just apply the coconut oil to my nipples every time my daughter would finish eating, and it healed everything amazingly. Another reason for pain might be a bad latch, which I will get into in my next blog post.
Another good thing for your nipples is going topless. This actually has a lot of advantages, but I do feel like it helped my nipples feel better. Literally go topless, let them babies air out, and this will also make it easier for breastfeeding, since you are trying to get used to things.
This is very important, you have to build supply. The thing that’s most important during this time is skin to skin contact. Get your baby on your breast as much as possible, this will help establish supply. And don’t freak out if you seem like you’re not producing enough, I know that’s probably easier said than done. Especially if you going to start pumping, remember your baby is getting more milk from you than a pump will, because it’s the saliva that helps build supply and make the milk(BTW, I’m not saying that pumping is bad, I know it’s a necessary thing for a lot of women). On the subject of pumping, try to wait a little while before starting to do so, at least a few weeks, this can actually do some bad to your supply. But if you’re still having issues building supply here are some things below that I have used to help, and it really does work.
Milk Rich from Wish Garden:
This stuff works wonders, within minutes of taking it, I would feel a let down. I had to start taking it, because I started my period, and my supply dropped, but it really helped.
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Drink lots of water. Your breast milk is made up of a lot of water, so it only makes sense, to drink a lot of water. This is the number one thing I was told that would help my supply, so I only feel that it’s right to pass the information on. I can’t say enough how much this helped.
What to look forward to in part 2 :
Reality of breast feeding
And don’t worry, if I didn’t get to something in this post, or the next, I will probably have a part 3, so just let me know what you would like me to add.