Hi mommas! Are you having trouble deciding if breastfeeding is right for you? I can help you make an educated decision based on truthful facts and my own experience.
For some; breastfeeding works because it’s convenient, you can have a special bond with baby, and the experience is unforgettable.
Hang In there mommas, the first 2-4 weeks is the longest, most trying time I’ve ever experienced. Sometimes breastfeeding hurts, or the baby may be having trouble latching, or he/she just isn’t grasping the concept of how to suck.
Be patient with yourself and Your baby, and always have a backup plan. Being a mom is difficult from time to time, and it can take a bit of patience to grasp the new responsibilities and challenges you are about to face. I suggest doing research to find a healthy alternative to breastmilk, Incase you are unable to breastfeed.
To make you feel at ease if you aren’t able to breastfeed here are some helpful statistics
-4 out of 5 Moms start out breastfeeding
-under half exclusively breastfeed at 3 months
-only 1/3 still breastfeed at 1 year
Be patient with yourself, because not only have you changed your life by becoming a mother, now all your spare time is being consumed by a milk guzzling baby (a cute, cuddly one). Although the new responsibilities are time consuming and at times may feel overwhelming, they are incredibly important bonding moments between you and baby.
For me the experience was scary and exiting. At first my baby was struggling to latch, so I had to hand express or pump out colostrum and feed however much I got out to baby with a spoon. The excellent nurses at the hospital told me to pump every 2 hours for 15 minutes to improve production amounts… talk about tiring.
Even if you just don’t want to breastfeed, or are unable to breastfeed the colostrum is very vital and helpful for the baby. Heres how:
Before your body starts producing milk you produce colostrum. Colostrum is a sticky, yellow fluid that contains everything your baby needs in order to transition to life outside your body. Colostrum is considered a superfood for newborns because of all the nutrients and benefits it provides. Your body will produce colostrum exclusively for 2-5 days, then you’ll see a transitional milk known as “mature milk” which is a mix of both colostrum and mature milk. The colostrum contains high levels of protein, salts, fats, and vitamins to give your baby complete nutrition. This shall provide complete nutrition to help baby’s eyes, brain, heart, and is easy for baby to digest.
Here are the benefits of colostrum for your newborn baby:
-colostrum contains antibodies and white blood cells which help your baby build a strong immune system
-creates a though coating on your baby’s stomach & intestines to keep germs and illnesses at bay.
– acts as a laxative to help your baby pass his very first poop, which is a dark tar-like poop known as, meconium.
-helps prevent jaundice and gets rid of harmful waste products.
-Helps to prevent low blood sugar in newborns.
-The best food for your newborn
Here are some helpful tips on how to be prepared for breastfeeding:
-buy formula for backup, since breastfeeding doesn’t always workout, which is fine, But you’ll want to make sure you can provide your baby with milk
– be sure to have a breast-pump. You will need a pump to start out with at home to increase your supply. If you have insurance most insurances offer a select few breast pumps for free, you can ask your doctor for a form to fill out.
-Just in case baby is having trouble latching, buy nipple shields! I can’t tell you how thankful I am for this product, it saved my breastfeeding experience. My baby was able to latch right onto the nipple shields, which eventually got him used to just latching directly onto the tit.
-To simplify your pumping experience, I suggest purchasing a hands free pumping bra. This will allow the ability to multi-task while pumping.
– Take a CBD Pure Oil to replace caffeine, help relax while you are pumping, and to help your body heal after giving birth.
– Use a CBD body budder for stretch marks, sore muscles, sore nipples, and dry skin.
-Have atleast 3 different kinds of bottles on deck. I tried, nuk, tommy tippee, and avent, this will prepare you just Incase your baby has a preference.
Although breastfeeding is challenging, it can also be the most rewarding, bonding thing you can do. Don’t be discouraged if you are unable to breastfeed, you are not alone. Just remember that a fed baby is the best.
If you have any other questions regarding breastfeeding or just need advice on being a mother in general you can get in contact with me via the Contact Page
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