My Personal Breastfeeding Experience And Tips
I'm again a new mom to my third baby boy. Having three kids seem like I'm an expert when it comes to newborn care, that's what ...
I'm again a new mom to my third baby boy. Having three kids seem like I'm an expert when it comes to newborn care, that's what others say. Honestly, after almost six years since I had my second child, everything seemed new to me or what they call "nanganay" or just like how it was when you had your very first child.
- Because it's best for my baby, and I want to give my best.
- Because I want to make up for what I wasn't able to give my first two sons
Wait for two hours, then repeat the whole process.
There are things I do however, that help me get a better breastfeeding experience. That's what I want to share with you today.
- Find a quiet corner to breastfeed. Find that nook in your room or even bed side where you're most comfortable to breastfeed your baby. It also helps when your stuff (phone, remote controls of television or air-con) are nearby. Ensure that the chosen corner is well ventilated, to keep both you and baby relaxed.
- Read info materials like books or on-line resources. It pays to know essential information about breastfeeding such as Food and Drinks to Take/Avoid, different breastfeeding positions, how to increase supply, correct latching, breast massages, breast milk expiration and storage, and many more.
- Consult a lactation expert or mommy friends for advice. There are groups also hospitals which organize events or seminars on breastfeeding where you could bring your baby for actual application of learning. If these events are not possible for you to attend, you may always ask help from lactation experts via call or online or seek advice from supportive mommy friends.
- Equip yourself with breastfeeding support materials available in physical or online stores. Breastfeeding is not an easy peasy thing, it helps when you have items which could make the experience lighter. You could purchase these helpful items online or in stores such as nursing pillow, nursing cover, vitamins/supplements, breast pump, to name a few.
- Always eat a full and healthy meal. Since you're giving your baby something that comes from you, you better eat and drink healthy stuff. You really have to, don't think of dieting first. Because honestly, when you breastfeed, it helps you lose a few pounds. Personally, I may still look big, but my tummy area has surprisingly shrunk a few inches faster than my first two post-pregnancies.
- Always hydrate yourself. When you breastfeed, of course you give milk coming from your miraculous body. This means, you have to bottoms up that several glasses of water so your system could replenish.
- Ask a gentle neck and back massage from your loving and supportive husband. Sometimes, when baby's resting position while feeding him gets the best of your arm muscles, neck, and back, a good gentle massage is all you need to feel better. Ask your husband to help you out in this department.
- Always think positive and know that you're doing a great job for giving your best for your baby. No matter how painful or hard it is for you, the mere fact that you're still doing it because you want to give your best to your baby and no matter how short or long you've fed your baby the best milk there is, always think you're doing great! Don't be too hard on yourself by blaming your breasts (some say, walang silbi ang dede nila, pang-romansa lang daw! lol!), never blame yourself nor feel as if you're not giving your baby enough. Believe me, you are doing wonderfully! Give yourself your well-deserved credit.
All moms, breastfeeding fully, mix-feeding or formula feeding due to unique circumstances, are all great moms at bringing wonderful children to this world. Being a mom is not measured just by what we choose to feed our babies. Motherhood is about unconditional love, sacrifices, nurturing, values-forming, and a whole lot more, for our children. Have a great day to all! :)