World Breastfeeding Week is a chance to celebrate all the Breastfeeding mamas and normalize breastfeeding.
This week encourages breastfeeding and infant health throughout the world.
What We’re Doing for World Breastfeeding Week
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If you are pregnant and considering breastfeeding, here are some helpful tips from a mom of 2.
Supply & Demand.
It’s all about supply and demand. The more baby nurses, the more milk you will have. If you are not pumping enough, add a middle of the night pumping session or try power pumping.
Take care of yourself.
Stay hydrated and make sure YOU get enough calories. You can’t nourish a baby if you are not getting enough nourishment for yourself, too. I always kept a bottle of water with me and tried to remind myself to keep filling it throughout the day.
Never quit on a bad day.
Breastfeeding can be a challenge and it’s not for everyone and that’s ok! But don’t quit on a bad day because you may regret it later. If you are having a tough day breastfeeding your baby, reach out to a lactation consultant or peer group. If you’re having a good day and still feel like you are ready to be done, that’s fine. You have to do what’s best for you and your baby.
I can’t emphasize its importance enough, especially in the early days of breastfeeding a newborn. Nipple cream is incredibly helpful, especially in the early days of breastfeeding. It also makes a great lubricant for pumping.
Feed the baby, not the freezer.
You may see photos of moms’ freezers that are full of milk. Some people just naturally overproduce. (And an excessive supply can lead to clogged ducts- no fun!) Focus on feeding your baby and not the freezer. It’s good to have 1-3 days worth of milk in the freezer, but if you are continually feeding baby and pumping, you should be fine.
Good luck on your breastfeeding journey! I encourage you to find a support system and seek the help of an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).