World Breastfeeding week, affectionately called WBW, is here and I’d like to celebrate and #normalizebreastfeeding by sharing my breastfeeding tips and tricks, and my favorite products that I use personally to help breastfeed my daughter.
#1 – You’re going to need a pair of breasts.
Any old breasts will do. Big ones, small ones, crooked ones, whatever! Your baby isn’t going to care what they look like. And you might not care anymore, either. When I began my BFing journey I finally realized what my breasts were for (sorry hubby, it ain’t you!) and for the first time in my life I LOVED them.
#2 – Sunflower lecithin.
Let me say it again. Sunflower lecithin. Trust me on this one! It took me several clogged ducts and two rounds of mastitis to figure out that I needed to make sunflower lecithin part of my daily routine. The professionals figure that it helps reduce the viscosity, or stickiness, of your liquid gold. Whatever the method, these big magic pills have saved me from so much pain and heartache.
#3 – A scale.
Those first few weeks I was counting wet diapers, logging every feed, latching all day and all night. I become obsessed. In constant fear that my small breasts could not nourish my child. I had a talk with certified lactation consultant who said everything sounded perfectly normal and suggested I buy a scale to ease my worries. I weighed my precious bundle of joy daily, and sure enough! She was right on track. A scale was one of our smartest investments. It really helped me to relax, enjoy, and trust the process.
#4 – A cute teething necklace to wear.
Even if your little one hasn’t displayed the first sign of teething, you’ll want a teething necklace for sure. These beauties are often made from bare or cloth covered wood, and silicone, and are great for keeping little hands busy. I’ve experienced nails clawing my chest. A tiny slap session for the side not in use. Several full-blown grab and twists. Shudders Oh how I hate the grab and twists. All of these can be avoided by wearing a sweet and stylish teething necklace to keep baby distracted and entertained.
#5 – A comfortable nursing bra.
My little princess was born 12 days before my birthday. When my special day came around I was still buzzing on oxytocin and inhaling my baby’s sweet scent. I had completely forgot about my birthday. Luckily my mother didn’t. God bless that sweet woman! I was beyond overjoyed when I opened a box with brand new nursing bras and organic cotton breast pads. Which brings me to my next point.
#6 – Organic cotton breast pads.
Do they have to be organic cotton? The answer is a resounding YES! They are more comfortable and more absorbent than their counterparts. They just feel like tiny fluffy clouds cuddling your poor overworked nipples. If you haven’t tried them yet I highly recommend it.
#7 – Nursing shirts.
I love my nursing shirts! Right now I have 8 and they are all from Milk Nursingwear. They give me so much confidence. Not only do they hide postpartum pooch really well, they are the most stealthy nursing shirts ever! I had so many people approach me and ask to see the baby when we were out and about. Many times I’d say, “Sorry, she’s eating right now”. I’m not going lie I kind of enjoyed the look of shock on their faces. Now that little miss is bigger it’s a bit more obvious. However, feeding her in a Milk shirt is still very discreet. I can’t leave the house without one on.
#8 – A good support system.
Out of all of the things that helped to give me a great breastfeeding experience, support from friends, family, and even strangers is probably the most vital thing. My dad is the one who told me about Kellymom.com. It’s a site so full of breastfeeding tips and tricks. My mom cried tears of joy when I told her I was donating breast milk. Several things were delivered to my door from my Mother-in-law. Someone telling me that they are proud of me for giving so much of myself daily still makes my heart swell. Having a husband who knows when I’m touched out and gives me time alone is priceless.
One time a woman in a Facebook group I am in drove to my house to give me a piece to my pump that had just broke. Seriously! She found out I lived nearby and came right over. Many are the days where I am in awe of the way fellow breastfeeding mothers come together to cheer each other on and lift each other up. Whether you find your strength at home, through distant friends, an online group, or even in your local Le Leche League, it will change your breastfeeding journey for the better.
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of the things that I love!