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I’ve learned that while I’ve exclusively breastfed three of my five children, each journey has been different. Each breastfeeding relationship had it’s own challenges. It’s important to arm yourself with the right kind of knowledge and support to help foster your breastfeeding journey. In our culture, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Here are just a few of the things that have helped me along the way.
Stay hydrated. When you are nursing, you should be keeping yourself hydrated. It’s easy to wear your own body down if you don’t do this. I’ve been using my collapsible water bottle from Fresh Baby at home and on the go. It’s been super helpful during these hot summer days nursing a newborn.
Nurse on demand. Newborn babies will nurse A LOT. It doesn’t mean you don’t have enough milk. They like the closeness of mommy. Their itty bitty tummies empty quickly, so don’t let this alarm you and definitely DO NOT worry a feeding schedule.
Have resources. There are so many resources for breastfeeding moms. You could check out your local LLL chapter. Many communities also have other breastfeeding support groups; the one in my area also has a Facebook group. Fresh Baby also has online resources for breastfeeding mothers you can check out including Breast Milk Storage Tips, Breastfeeding Tips, and Preparing to Breastfeed.
Stay away from booby traps. While sometimes supplementing is necessary, it can also be a booby trap. Try to stay away from artificial nipples during the first few weeks of your infant’s life.
Ask for help! Find a certified lactation consultant if you have questions. Your hospital may have one or your healthcare provider may be able to get your connected to one. The LLL website or Breastfeeding USA websites may help you find one as well.