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5 Tips for Mamas Learning About Breastfeeding

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe's Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today's post is your tips to succeed. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th! 

One of the most important things to remember about breastfeeding is that what happened before does not have to happen again.  
  • Did you have a "bad" day yesterday - today is a new day - call for help!  
  • Did you formula feed your previous child(ren), and now you've learned more and want to try breastfeeding again?  Go for it!  
Each relationship is new and unique, will have it's own challenges, and huge joys.  Here are five tips for mamas who are new to breastfeeding.  They are a starting point to the relationship that will be, pardon the pun, "fluid" as you and your baby learn and grow.

5 things I wish I had known about breastfeeding:
“Just because pain is common does not make it normal” – get help early and often if you have any breastfeeding challenges.  During non-working hours you can hit the Internet for helpful videos.  However, nothing can replace the face time with a knowledgeable, supportive soul – whether it’s peer help from a support group leader, or professional help from an IBCLC – plug in somewhere and find the person that is the right fit for your challenges.

Go to a support group meeting – as many as you need until you feel like most of your questions are answered.  It is a learning process; even eight years into this, our last nursling and I are facing situations I had never experienced before.  It’s great to be plugged into a network of people who have the answers.

Take a breastfeeding class – some consultants say before baby arrives so that you have some familiarity with the topic, others say go after your baby arrives so you have a frame of reference: either way, take the approach you think will work for you.

Talk to the people who breastfed for over 12 months – they are the ones who went through the kinds of ups and downs you are going to face, whether it’s growth spurts, going back to work, pumping, developmental stages, cluster feeding…they have stories to encourage you if this is a choice you are sticking with through thick and thin.

Take the time to get a professional fitting for a nursing bra.  The rule of thumb seems to be to buy one size larger than your pre-pregnancy size.  Go to a boutique store or a quality department store – even if you don’t purchase from them, you will leave there with a lot more information.  We found that the higher price of a well-made, properly fit undergarment was well worth it.  The bras were prettier, more comfortable, offered better support and still had the functionality you would expect from a nursing bra – they opened and the closure held up despite consistent and constant use.

3 things that I am glad that I knew:
That it was our choice, no matter how hard it was at the beginning.  Because I am determined to succeed when I make up my mind, I was able to nurse through tears caused by excruciating pain when I nursed on the left side for the first 6-8 weeks postpartum with our first two children.

The incredible benefits of breastfeeding that are affirmed with each new study of breastfed children.  Knowing the benefits and the long-term picture of the health boost we wanted to give our children helped us stick to our decision despite the tears and the pain.

The pure joy of looking at our child and knowing that all the growth, all the development, all the great checkups were 100% breastmilk!

What tips or tricks do you have to share with mamas that are new to breastfeeding?
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Rachel Rainbolt on Saturday, August 03, 2013 1:57 PM
I am so glad you found a community of support. These are some good tips.
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Krystyna on Monday, August 05, 2013 1:58 PM
Rachel: my only regret is that I didn't get plugged into a support group sooner. I see how much benefit our students get from finding community support in the immediate postpartum. Now I encourage everyone to "audition" several different groups and stick with the ones that work for them.

Sadia on Sunday, August 04, 2013 1:05 PM
This is great advice! I tried to get a bra fitting at a "normal" store, and the lady seemed really uncomfortable measuring my chest, because it was uneven from one twin having nursed and the other not yet having eaten. I went to Motherhood Maternity, and they were far more comfortable dealing with lactating breasts! A caveat I'd add to #4 is to seek out 12 month+ breastfeeders who have similar demands on them to you. An SAHM is going to get more from talking to another SAHM than to a working mom and vice versa. My having twins, talking to breastfeeding twin mamas was critical. The lactation consultants I spoke to understood the theory of breastfeeding two, but the mothers of twins in my Mothers of Multiples club knew the reality.
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Krystyna on Monday, August 05, 2013 1:56 PM
Sadia: *so true* thank you for pointing out that getting advice from mamas who are traveling the same path, and have gone before you, is especially helpful!!

That Mama Gretchen on Monday, August 05, 2013 12:02 AM
Awesome advice! Especially support groups and nursing bras - those are essential!
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Krystyna on Monday, August 05, 2013 1:57 PM
Thanks, Gretchen! It's funny how little things make a big difference in the long run!

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