My best friend gave birth to her first baby this past Sunday (what a wonderful Happy Mother’s Day gift) and our recent conversations brought back a lot of memories of my first couple of weeks as a first time breastfeeding mom. Last night I decided I would share with you my breastfeeding journey; the hard times, the good times, and some tips and things I have picked up along the way.
It has definitely been full of struggles. There were days I felt like I couldn’t handle it anymore. It felt like for the first two months all I did was nurse her. The most difficult thing for me was to get used to not being able to take off easily because of needing to feed her. I was bound to her 24/7 and that was breaking me down.
1.I got educated on breastfeeding :
I took a breastfeeding class at my local hospital, read articles, browsed over the La Leche League & Kelly Mom websites endless times.
2.I spoke to friends and family who had breastfed:
I joined a few groups on Facebook meant for Mamma Bears. I highly recommend these two groups: Expressions! Lactation services and Mama’s Support & Chat Forum.
3.I researched products:
My baby registry included all of the products I had read would be needed and that would help me with my journey. I shared a few of my favorite here. Having the right gear is very important.
4.I got my partner on board:
I knew that in order for myself not to give up this time I needed someone who could tell me not to. I needed him to support my decision to breastfeed and that would cheer me on and keep pushing me. He was up every feeding telling me I could do it. Every time I cried or said I didn’t want to he told me not to give up.
5.I believed in myself:
I needed to believe that I could do it! After some time I felt prepared and read to embark on my journey The most important thing I learned is that you need to be happy with whatever your decision is and to do what is right for YOU and YOUR BABY. My first time as a mom formula is what worked best for us. This time around it was breastfeeding. Either way my girls were fed and happy and both continue to thrive! Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for your choice- remember you are doing wonderful Mamma! Happy Mamma = Happy Baby!