If you don’t know already, I’m a LACTIVIST, loud and proud, I’ve fed two of my children for 2.5+ years each and plan on doing so with my third. So far we are almost 4 months in (that’s my lil guy to the right in a milk coma!) and my little preemie is just thriving on good ol’ breastmilk — nectar of the Gods I say! Not just as a labor and delivery nurse, but as a mother too, I’m not blind to the many challenges that breastfeeding can bring. Images of babies perfectly latched on from day one and ideals of it being the most natural occurrence is far from the truth. I see it every day in my practice and have experienced it myself as a mother to one full termer, one late preemie with severe allergies and gastro issues and a preemie that had a stint in the NICU. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week starting tomorrow August 1st, here are my pearls of wisdom that I tell all my new moms and seasoned mother’s as well.
- Your baby might get it right from the start. Or he/she may not. He/she may get it one day and then not the other (at least for the first few weeks). Remember just like you’re learning how to breastfeed, so is your baby.
- Hang in there. The first month is the roughest. If you can get past the first couple of weeks (perseverance! perseverance!), your chances for breastfeeding longer is all the more higher!
- It gets easier. It will, initially, feel like you’re breastfeeding around the clock. Every 2-3 hours seems like an enormous amount of time. In a couple months, those feedings will space out over time. At 4 months, my McChubs feeds every 3-4 hours during the day and at night can go 5-6 hours without a feeding. I am finally getting some sleep!
One of my favorite tools for breastfeeding is my Dr Brown’s (formerly Simplisse) Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow. This pillow was a lifesaver with my second child and McChubs now. Both the Little Mister and McChubs are infamous for their projectile vomiting and feedings were always a challenge. The Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow was perfect for both their reflux and making sure they didn’t aspirate. The pillow was perfect post c-section as it correctly position the baby close to the breast without putting undue pressure on my incision. It grows with baby, I know… my little guy went from being a 5 pounder to a hefty 16 pounder in just under 4 months… liquid GOLD!
To further aid in breastfeeding success, Dr Brown recently introduced a full line of breastfeeding support accessories. Everything from non-lanolin based nipple cream, breast pads – both washable and disposable, a nipple shield that shows a vast improvement over other one’s I’ve seen with more holes and breastmilk storage bags.[divider]
Kicking off World Breastfeeding Week, I’m thrilled to sharing with (5) lucky readers, my favorite breastfeeding must-have, the Dr. Brown’s Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow. You must answer one simple question for your entry. You have several additional entry options if you’d like to increase your odds of winning! ALL ENTRIES ARE CONTAINED WITHIN THE WIDGET. Good Luck!