Breastfeeding is one the most rewarding yet difficult experiences a mother can have. In November of 2010 I welcomed my first daughter. I knew from the second I found out I was pregnant that I was going to breastfeed. It was something instilled in me throughout childhood watching my mother breastfeed my younger sister. In my mind it was what mothers did. In my mind it would be rainbows, sunshine, and endless booby shakes for my baby. Then late November of 2010 reality set in. Latching was so easy, holding was easy, but milk was a whole other issue. Long story short my milk took almost four days to come in, I ended up supplementing with formula, and for six months I was able to make just enough milk to feed her for the day. I was never able to build a “stash” and I was barely able to keep up day-to-day.
Fast forward to 2018 and baby number two. After my first experience I knew I had to do better. Better research, better preparing, and better PATIENCE. For the month of November I plan to share all of my tips & tricks to help make breastfeeding easier or at least share what helped me. Every mommy and baby combination is different but hopefully some of the info can help someone.
Eating for breastfeeding, supplements, pumping, and planning are some of the things I’ll touch on. I wish I had the knowledge I have now the first time around. There are so many small changes that can positively affect milk production and the breastfeeding experience overall. Watch for weekly tips & tricks!