Breastfeeding a newborn, can be one of the most difficult things that you do, but there has NEVER been something more worth it in your life!
In the beginning, you’re unsure of what you’re doing, your child knows what to do, but may not latch correctly, which can lead to painful, cracked nipples, or your child under-eating. However, there ARE ways to overcome this, and still have 100% success for you and for your child.
The BEST piece of advice that I can give you, is DO NOT GIVE UP! Yes, things may be difficult, and you might have times in the beginning where you are exhausted and want sleep, but don’t quit. It DOES get easier, and eventually, it is the most amazing time spent with your child. That time is just for you and your baby, no one else can have that… think about how special that is! Think of the bonds that will be built.
Side note: One thing, that I think is incredibly important to mention – My intention when writing this is not to criticize a mom who chose to formula feed, but to encourage those moms who are struggling with breastfeeding.
Tips for Breastfeeding Success
- Krissy from B-Inspired Mama, has 20 amazing tips directly from moms who have successfully breastfed. I agree with each and every one of these, and only wish I had found these in the early days of breastfeeding Emmett.
- We may all know that breast is best, but it doesn’t always come easy. The Stir has 12 of the most common breastfeeding hurdles, and how to overcome them.
- Aquila from Haute in Texas has an amazing and honest post with 5 Rookie Mistakes that Could have Ruined Breastfeeding.
- In the beginning breastfeeding can be extremely tough on your nipples, Melissa from Serendipity and Spice, shares her Nipple Survival Guide for Breastfeeding Moms. There are some really great tips in here!
- Yes, when your baby is very young, you will likely be waking up a couple times a night to nurse. And, as time goes on, you may still get up at least once a night, but there are ways to make getting up in the middle of the night easier. Check-out this post from Today’s Parent, Breastfeeding Tips to Get Your Through the Night.
- Did you have a c-section? Are you concerned that having your baby this way will make it more difficult to breastfeed? You can still nurse, very successfully – Here is 5 tips for Breastfeeding After a C-Section.
- In the beginning, it is possible to struggle with your milk supply. Your body doesn’t quite know how much you need and your baby’s eating habits will change from day to day as they adjust to life outside the womb. However, if your supply still doesn’t increase, here are 14 Tips to Increase Your Milk Supply.
- Are you a working mom, who is going to need to pump? Are you worried about the amount of that you’ll be able to pump? Here are 15 Tips to help you maneuver through the pumping at work.
- Sometimes, there are other reasons why you may need to pump, maybe your baby is having difficulty latching, you need to leave the house, and have breast milk available for baby to drink, the list could go on. Mama Say What!? has a great article with tips for the pumping mom.
- Babies can’t speak, they have no way of telling us when they’re full, so we have to be mindful of their body cues. The Joy of This shares what signs you can look for, to know your baby is full.
There you have it, over 100 tips for breastfeeding moms. Taking the time to read each article will fully prepare you for what is to come, after baby, OR if you’re struggling right now! Good luck! We’re all rooting for you!
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