breastfeeding tips

When first getting comfortable breastfeeding and while my baby was needing to be in the perfect position to feed, I found having a nursing stool helped me to relax so much better.  I have the Medela Stool and would definitely recommend it to anyone breastfeeding; it helps you to position yourself comfortably.

Week 3 was so frustrating for me and Jackson…I had no clue why my baby would not eat.  Turns out my frustration only triggered his frustration which triggered more frustration on my part… vicious cycle!  My mom (who is basically a pro having had breastfed 6 children) came to the rescue and told me to stay calm and we would figure out what is going on.  I was had an oversupply of milk and was becoming engorged so it was hard for J to latch.  I just needed to pump some off to soften the breast for him.  Doh.  So easy once I calmed down and we focused on his reactions.

Speaking of pumping…if you are not going to be pumping to store milk for your baby, then I recommend at least having a quality hand pump like the Medela Harmony Manual Pump.  If you are going to be working and storing milk for your baby, then definitely a high quality electric double breast pump is a MUST, in my opinion.  I have the Medela Pump in Style Advanced.  LOVE IT.  I hear the hands free Medela Freestyle is great too and wonderful if you are able to pump while working, for example if you are typing something in an office, you can still be pumping at the same time.  You definitely want to have extra parts, nipple shields pumping bottles, etc..

I love Snappies containers to pump into.  They fit my breast pump, do not leak, are freezable, warm very quickly in a hot glass of water, and I can put a nipple (they say they are disposable, but I use them daily and wash them in a dishwasher after every use and I have not had a problem with them) directly on the container so that feeding is quick and easy for my babysitter.

A support person who is 100% on board with your desire to breastfeed is the number one thing that you have to have.  This is the single biggest tip I can give you!  They should be available to encourage, to hold baby if you need a breather, to help you with meals for yourself, laundry, housework, whatever!  Learn how to delegate things to them, sometimes they do not know what “help” you need.  Most people think of help as holding the baby, but that does not run a house!  Ha.

Any other tips are welcomed and will be added as I receive them.

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4 thoughts on “breastfeeding tips

  1. I nursed twenty nine weeker twins. I too ran into the breast needing to be pumped a little for FG and SE to latch on. I was so engorged because I pumped weeks before they could physically latch on. I had too much milk from supplying the NICU and I needed to let my babies once able, to determine the amount they needed. That and my let down was trained to the sound of a pump, but we quickly retrained it once we were released from the hospital and back home.

    • Callie, I applaud you for your diligence in breastfeeding FG and SE. I tried breastfeeding my twins(full term) and only lasted 3weeks. 😦 I didn’t have any support system at all, and was a first time mom. When I took them to the Dr, he said Ben(second born, and the smaller of the two)was not gaining at the rate “he” wanted. Because I didn’t know any better, he advised me to supplement, and he also told me that b/c I was small that I probaby wouldn’t be able to feed both of my twins….wow, unfortunately, that was the downward spiral for me breastfeeding them. He was eventually on the bottle full time and I continued to breastfeed Kristina… 😦 I believe that if I had someone around me that could have helped me or supported me, I could have done it. Lack of information, and support is HUGE! When you start a new job you usually have somebody to train you, or show you the ropes……why don’t we automatically do the same for this job of feeding our babes!!! 🙂

    • Thanks Kim for your input and tips! I do believe the #1 reason that mothers quit breastfeeding is because they are not educated on issues that can arise and someone tells them that their baby is not gaining “enough” weight. I believe education and support can really take a mom from breastfeeding with struggles to breastfeeding pro.

  2. I think one of the important things that you have said is that you had somebody to help you when you had problems…. you are going to have issues….engorgement, or lack of supply or not latching on correctly, nipple soreness, etc…..it is vital to have somebody that you feel comfortable with that can help you assess what the problem is and then help you solve it. About the 3rd week is when alot of moms have trouble, and want to give up. They start supplementing and then before you know it they are completely on formula. 😦 Breastfeeding isn’t easy, there are “humps” you have to get over but when you do it will be the most rewarding thing you can do for your infant. So my suggestion is before you have your baby find somebody that is knowledgeable and preferably someone who has breastfed successfully. They will encourage you and support you when you are tired, or when you are concerned with how much they are getting, or when you are having problems or just need assurance. Happy breastfeeding!

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