submitted by: Kelly (Texas, USA)
What are the things I learned while breastfeeding?
There are a couple of things I wish people would have told me about breastfeeding before I had my two girls, it would have made my life a lot easier.
The first? Yes there is such a thing as a lazy nurser and you will just have to find ways around that. My first daughter was lazy; she would pop on for a few minutes, pop off and then want on again. At times it was frustrating since it was like I had a baby attached to my boob every single minute of the day…and night. And it effected my supply to the point where I needed to pump in order to make sure I had enough milk. But it does get better!
As she got a little older and more interested in food (she was a chunky monkey) she began nursing better. The second thing I wish I had been told was, yes it will HURT. I don’t know what I was expecting…but it wasn’t that it would hurt for the first couple of weeks. I must have forgotten by the time I got to #2 but I was shocked again…it does get a lot better after the first initial weeks, but I do wish someone had prepared me since no one mentioned it once.
Something that helped with both of my kiddos was Lansinoh creme and also the new mist that they have…it made sure that I never chapped, cracked or dried out. Here are some other things I wish I had been told:
* Don’t be afraid to ask for help while in the hospital. It is a lot easier to get help and work out the “kinks” than to try and do it by yourself.
* Fenugreek (the herb) really does help with milk production. Using that and making sure that I drank enough water and nursed on demand helped make sure that I had a steady supply.
* Nursing in public really isn’t as hard as it initially seems, especially with the new covers or once you get the hang of it. If people look at you that is their problem not yours.
* Don’t ignore a clogged duct…if you do you will likely get mastitis and that will ruin anyone’s day. If you are clogged or even think you might be apply warm compresses, nurse nurse nurse, and pump if your baby doesn’t nurse it all out.
* Pumping is not wrong or bad. Either to build up a supply for emergencies or so you can have a night free, pumping is not a bad thing, especially if you have to go to work and still want you provide your baby with breast milk.
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