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I’m still going strong with breastfeeding Rohan (a new adventures in breastfeeding update post is coming soon) and am starting to get more vocal with friends about breastfeeding. I’m so glad I’m able to help encourage women when they’re thinking of giving up and then speak to them a couple months in when they’re happily breastfeeding and loving it!
Anyway, I thought I’d share with you some of the best breastfeeding advice given to me when I was pregnant, and in my first month of breastfeeding.
Stick with it: Those first several weeks can be torture! Sticking to breast feeding no matter how awful you think it is at the time is so important because after the rough part, it’s smooth sailing. This was not an issue for me, because I was ready to stick it out no matter how hard it became. Thankfully after 6 weeks or so it got blissfully easy.
See a lactation consultant: The lactation consultants in the hospital were heaven sent. In the cloudyheadedness of post c-section hospital stay the consultants were so great in helping me get Sharkie in different positions, helping me self express some colostrum, and encouraging me that my milk would come in soon. I am so grateful they were available to us.
Use both breasts: I didn’t realize what an important bit of advice this was. In my head I was like “duh of course I’ll use both breasts” but I din’t realize how a little baby would favor one breast. When he’s fussing on one boobie but happy to take the other, you can really want to take the easy way out and give him his fave breast. It’s important to keep him using both breasts equally. I start Sharkie on his least favorite breast so he can suck strongly on that before switching to his favorite breast. And I’m starting to pump his least favorite breast when it doesn’t get “used” as much.
Try many positions: A simple switching of position can take Sharkie from fussy and seemingly “not hungry” to calm and “insatiable.” It’s amazing. He loves side lying at night, and the standard cross body snuggle hold. I also try out the football hold and random twisty positions that allow him to be more upright. I didn’t realize that a position switch could really make or break a nursing session.
Single best piece of advice:
Ignore all the advice 🙂 What you read in books are “standard” issue information and advice. Your baby is anything but “standard issue” so follow his or her lead and do what makes your baby happiest.
That’s definitely my favorite bit of advice, and it works for us.
What’s the best breastfeeding advice you’ve received?