As Breastfeeding Awareness Month starts winding down, I want to share another video featuring Talisha Heiden, owner of Modern Mommy Boutique in Chandler, Arizona.
One of the biggest factors that makes or breaks a breastfeeding relationship is the ability to get through the learning curve. We see the beautiful, peaceful images of a content mother and a sleeping baby and say, "awww, that is what we want".
While breastfeeding is "natural", virtually no one tells us that there is a learning curve to the whole breastfeeding relationship, and for some of us it is steeper than others. No one tells us that engorgement hurts and it looks weird(!); that a good latch is something most MotherBabies need to be taught and learn (and all at a different pace); that your baby needs to be checked for a tongue-tie or a lip-tie right off so that you can address them immediately, instead of later and then you find yourself re-starting the learning curve; that pain is common, however it is not good and that you should get help instead of crying through your first few weeks of breastfeeding. I am sure that you all could add to the "no one told me" list...
In this video, Talisha walks us through the products she would recommend for every mama's Comfort Kit. These are the items that will make the learning curve, the engorgement, the sore nipples...feel a little better and go a little smoother. Or maybe help with the opposite of engorgement, undersupply.
Note: Should you have *any* questions or pain at any time along your breastfeeding journey, call for help!! For something that is uncomfortable and/or does not feel urgent, maybe a peer support group can help. For persistent pain or discomfort that makes you cry or want to give up, or just for your peace of mind, call a lactation consultant. They can help you troubleshoot and determine whether or not you need a private consultation (our students seem to have had the most success with IBCLC's).
Here is a quick view of all those items if you need a visual for a shopping trip. These items make great baby shower gifts if you know a mama who is planning on breastfeeding, or for a hospital or coming home gift.
Would you add anything to our list? Or maybe yay/nay on the products Talisha chose?
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More posts about Breastfeeding:
Breastfeeding Cafe Blog Carnival
Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Black Breastfeeding Week
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