I’m a first generation breastfeeder. What is that you ask? A first generation breastfeeder is a woman who receives judgey looks, unsolicited opinions and little to no support from family who don’t support the notion of breastfeeding. When a first generation breastfeeder decides that she will breastfeed her child all hell just might break loose. A first generation breastfeeder is also a term that I totally just made up. There were two things that I was determined to do when I found out I was pregnant; come hell or high water I was going to breastfeed my son, and I was going to have a natural birth, I successfully knocked out both of those goals three times Whoop! Whoop! I will say in my experience choosing to breastfeed and have a natural birth were the most controversial things about my pregnancy… aside from the fact that I was unwed buuuuut that’s another story.
A ton of experience and three breastfed kids later I am a beast with the boob! There were some bumps in the road at the beginning with Zion because he was hospitalized for six days when he was born but when he finally latched it was on and popping. I’ve successfully breastfed all three of my kids for a year plus, and I even breastfed Vayda while I was pregnant with Zaniel BOOM! To add to my breastfeeding resume one of my friends was losing her milk supply, and I shared my breastfeeding tips with her, and when I saw her two weeks later, I didn’t even recognize the baby because he had gotten so chunky from that good ole breastmilk.
Here is a list of tips and tricks I used to become a breastfeeding beast.
Dry & Pinch
If your baby is struggling to latch on make sure your nipple isn’t wet from the baby drool. It’s harder for the baby to latch if their mouth keeps slipping off your breast. Take a clean, dry cloth to wipe away any excess baby slobber. After your nipple is dry give it a little pinch to make it more erect, it will make it easier for your baby to latch.
Only The Best Breast Pump Will Do
There are some things in life that I simply cannot cheap out on and they are weave, makeup, personal hygiene products and breast pumps or should I say breast pump because you’ll only need one. The Medela breast pump is the Honda of breast pumps; it will never die. You will never EVER need to buy another one. I’ve used the same Medela breast pump for all three of my kids; I never threw it out because it was just that good. When I met with my friend, who was having a hard time breastfeeding I let her “borrow” my Medela all she had to do was buy new attachments and voila it was brand new again. I’m still waiting to get my breast pump back Tameka.
This is literally the simplest thing you can do to help you produce milk. I remember reading an article about taking a deep breath to relax and induce letdowns. I was skeptical, but when I tried it, I felt like I had successfully performed some sort of magic trick. All you have to do is close your eyes and take a deep breath, let your body relax and trust it to do its thing. Some people smell their babies clothes while taking a deep breath and that can help induce the letdown.
The Nastiest Thing You Will Ever Drink
More Milk Plus by Mother Love is a great way to jump-start milk production. More Milk Plus is a safe and effective herbal supplement formulated with certified organic herbs including fenugreek, blessed thistle, nettle leaf, and fennel seed. It comes in the form of a tincture or capsules, the tincture, in my opinion, is much more effective than the capsules. The directions state to ‘Take 1 ml, 4 times per day. Women over 175 lbs take 2 ml, 3 times per day. May be taken with 1-2 ounces of liquid. Avoid additional liquids 15 minutes before and after each use.’ I couldn’t stand to take it undiluted so I usually just took a small swig of orange juice with it.
Nurse at Night
It is critical to nurse your baby through the night especially if your baby wants to, now is not the time to bottle-feed. Night nursing is essential to the production of your milk supply. I also think its easier to nurse at night because you don’t have to go through the extra steps of warming the bottle. Just pop out a teet and keep it moving.
Here are a few products that I haven’t tried but come highly recommended by other nursing moms.
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