10 Things I wish I knew Before Breastfeeding
With my first child I breastfed for only 6 weeks, with my second I breastfed for 15 months, and I’m still breastfeeding my Third. With my first I felt alone, when it came to breastfeeding. I was only 19 when he was born, I had a lactation consultant come into my hospital room, tell me “you’re doing great, great latch. Nice meeting you”, but no real guidance. I went into it blinded and confused. I wish I had a list of things to know about breastfeeding before breastfeeding. That’s why I put together this list of things I wish I knew before I started breastfeeding, so I could’ve had a better nursing experience.
10 Things I wish I knew before I started Breastfeeding
- Nipple Balm will be your saving grace: The nurse gave me like 2 sample sizes but never emphasized on the importance of it. Shoot, I didn’t even know what it was or what it was for. It wasn’t even called nipple balm!
- On top of nipple discomfort, you’ll also feel some pain in your abdominal area. Every time you breastfeed, your uterus contracts (trying to shrink back to it’s normal size)
- Diary sensitivity is real: ALL three of my boys had a dairy sensitivity and it cause tummy issues for them. With my first, I also didn’t know that was even a thing, and I just thought my kid was super fussy.
- Lactation Consultants exist outside of the hospital: With my first, I thought they only worked In hospitals and after I was discharged I was left to figure everything out on my own. But I later found out lactation consultants are every where. Use this directory here to find a lactation consultant near you!
- It’s okay to supplement with formula: For whatever your reasoning behind supplementing, IT’S OKAY! Don’t beat yourself up over it. It doesn’t make you any less of a mom!
- What you pump has almost nothing to do with how much your baby nurses: Some women pump 12oz in one sitting, now that doesn’t mean your 1 month old nurses 12oz in one sitting. Or how some women barely pump an ounce, but for sure their baby drinks more than that! So if you don’t respond well to the pump, don’t feel discouraged!
- Buy LOTS and LOTS of breast pads: You will probably soak through shirts if you don’t change these out frequently. With my 2nd pregnancy, I used washable pads, and those also worked great, it was just more work.
- Get your significant other on board with breastfeeding: Thankfully my husband has always been a breastfeeding advocate, but I’ve had friends who’s husbands/boyfriends are not supportive so in the long run, the breastfeeding relationship wasn’t successful. So having your significant other on board with breastfeeding is something everyone should know before breastfeeding.
- When your milk comes in, your boobs will look like implants, followed by pancakes: Keeping it real, when my milk first came in, I looked down and said “HEEEEYYYYYY THERE GIRL FRIENDS, where did you come from?!!” and now after over a year of breastfeeding it’s more like “Heyyyy, where did you go, and why did you take the little that I had?”. It’s pretty pathetic, but I would ever want it any other way. Those girlfriends fed 3 babies, and hopefully one more in the future. So don’t worry about what they look like, as long as you pay attention to number 7, your hubby wont care either (winky face emoji).
- Don’t feel ashamed to breastfeed in public: People are going to judge, people might stare, but it’s YOUR body and YOUR baby! If it makes you feel better, get a nursing cover, like these ones from Coveredgoods. But don’t let ANYONE make you feel bad for breastfeeding you baby. With my first, I was so embarrassed to breastfeed in public, I brought formula for public outings. If you know me, you know I don’t care where I nurse my babies! Click here to read some tips on making public breastfeeding less nerve wracking!
- Getting a breast pump is free and easy!: With my first, I didn’t have a breast pump, nor did I have the knowledge on how to get one with my insurance. Not saying the lack of breast pump is my reasoning behind why I stopped breastfeeding at 6 weeks, but it definitely played a large part of it. Now I can’t go anywhere without it!
More Information on how you can get a FREE breast pump:
- In 2010 The Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” was signed into law, and one of the most valuable policies to us mamas was that health insurance plans are required to cover breastfeeding support and supplies (breastpump).
- Companies like Aeroflow Breastpumps makes its easy to obtain a breast pump. You just simply submit your information, a breast pump specialist handles everything from obtaining your prescription to verifying benefits with your insurance company. So all mom has to do is submit her information (link above).
- Aeroflow has a trained team of specialist who know the difference between all the different pumps from The Medela Pump In Style,The Medela Sonata, to the Medela Freestyle(my personal favorite). Their team is able to help find the right breast pump for mom, to match her lifestyle and her needs. To read my review on those three breast pumps click here!
- A mother can contact Aeroflow anytime during her pregnancy and up to a year after the baby was born. Aeroflow will ship your breast pump UPS anywhere between 30-60 days before your due date.
So to sum it all up, you don’t even need to ask your doctor for a prescription and worry about trying to fax it to a random medical supply place. Aeroflow Breastpumps does ALL of that for you. How awesome is that? They truly make it easy and simple for a new mom, veteran mom, or just the flat out tired mom ( I think we all fall into that category).
This post was Sponsored by Aeroflow Breastpumps| But all thoughts and opinions are 100% me, Aseky. (that rhymed)