March 12, 2018
So far, I have breastfed three different babies for a cumulative total of: 40 months.
See also: Over 3 years(and counting!)
But guess what! Even with all of that time invested, there are always new things to learn and know.
As they say, know better, do better.
So I thought it would be fun to share a few things that I have learned over my years of nursing little ones:
This seems like an easy one, but it’s so easy to get busy and forget about! Carry a bottle, jug, or glass of water with you all day. It will stay close and help remind you to drink up- it helps you and baby!
Speaking of being busy, it’s so easy to get feeding baby and distracted by other children, your phone, the tv, people walking by- but the entire time your baby is nursing, they are communicating with you. So listen to them! I’ve been guilty of feeding a baby too much(which resulted in spit up everywhereeee), or feeding a baby too little(causing them to be hungry again shortly thereafter), and if I had just taken a few minutes to pay attention to how much they were eating and for how long, I could have had a much more successful nursing session.
With my first baby, I never fed her in public ONCE. I would literally drive 30 minutes home from town, just to feed her in the privacy of my own home. With baby #2 and #3? NOPE! I decided to get over that really quick. I dress in clothes that make it easy to nurse in and that I could opt to not use a cover if I wanted/needed to. I typically use a cover(but you certainly don’t have to!) and it is not a big deal at all. No one has ever said anything to me, looked at me funny, or made me feel uncomfortable. It is definitely not as scary as I had built it up in my mind with my first baby!
Another thing I did with my first that I haven’t done since. I pumped and pumped and stored milk in my freezer. I’m a stay at home mom. Why did I think I needed to do that?! I had oz of milk that never got used and eventually had to be thrown away. What a waste of time and energy! With my next two babies, I decided to only ever pump if I actually had to. Which, has turned out to be exactly zero times so far.
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