If you've ever taken my online breastfeeding class, then you've probably seen this statistic:
The #1 reason a woman gives up breastfeeding is because she thinks she isn't making enough milk.
Why is that??? Well..... one of the top reasons a mom thinks she's not making enough milk is because she doesn't understand what her baby is trying to communicate. The great news is newborns are actually excellent communicators, if you know how to interpret their language that is. In this blog we're going to talk about the 3 most important cues your baby uses to communicate, that could just save your breastfeeding relationship.
When I was just starting out on my breastfeeding journey, I ended up in rough shape just a few days in. I had no idea why my nipples were cracked and bleeding, but I knew I couldn’t go on that way and I was determined to find a solution.
While it was a great, positive mindset and I’m happy I didn’t give up, my search for a solution wasn’t easy. During my unpaid maternity leave, I was stretching every dollar for essentials. Unfortunately, I wasted a lot of time and money trying to troubleshoot a solution on my own.
*Nipple cream for the pain
*A Manual Breast Pump to relieve engorgement
*Disposable Breast Pads to catch the drips
*Bottles and Pacifiers to give me a break
And all of it was a waste and actually NOT AT ALL WHAT WE NEEDED! Great. Here's what those products ended up doing for me....... They wasted my time. They wasted my energy. And I was still in a really rough place with breastfeeding.
Have you ever heard that breastfeeding shouldn't hurt?
Well, it shouldn't! It should be comfortable, but it isn't always at first for everyone. Almost every breastfeeding mom reports nipple pain in the beginning of breastfeeding. That being said, just because it is common DOES NOT mean it is normal!!! Breastfeeding is not meant to hurt. Pain is a sign that something isn't right, and almost always, that something is baby's positioning is off.
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Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms
Virtually anyone can breastfeed! All you really need is the right knowledge, and support!
Here is some of that knowledge, and some of my best tips I share with my clients!
One of the most common complaints among new nursing moms is that their baby is ALWAYS NURSING! They feel like a 24/7 milk factory, and find that their baby isn't happy unless on the breast. While it's true that there is never a wrong time to offer the breast, and I do FULLY ENCOURAGE you to nurse your baby often (at least 8 times every 24 hours!) there are likely times when your baby is trying to tell you that they ACTUALLY NEED SOMETHING ELSE.
There are so many supplies and gadgets that are supposed to help you breastfeed. How do you REALLY KNOW which ones you need and what is just going to pile up unused?
In this post I have compiled a list of all the products you NEED, some items that are not exactly necessary, though can be useful, AND a list of things commonly recommended that you REALLY DON'T NEED.
If you're new to my blog, welcome! I am so glad to have you.
I'd like to take a second to introduce to you some other resources that will help you prepare for you journey, before you move onto the gadgets in this post.
#1- If you haven't taken a breastfeeding class yet, now is the time!! Prepare for Your Best Start with our ONLINE breastfeeding class that gives you ALL the tools you need to have Your Best Start to your Successful Breastfeeding Journey! Click the link below to have Your Best Start!
YES, I STILL NEED TO TAKE A CLASS!!!
#2- If you're worried about your milk supply or have the fear that you won't be able to make enough milk when your baby is born, then you can download your FREE Guide to Making Plenty of Milk for your baby!!!
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So! Now, let's get to it!
Here is the list of things you ACTUALLY NEED.
I'm so glad you stopped by to get the info you need for bottle feeding your breastfed baby.
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Bottle feeding your baby seems simple right? You just put milk in a bottle, warm it up a little, and then put the bottle in baby's mouth and they drink. Right?
Well..... not exactly. This is typically how most people bottle feed a baby, however, there are some risks involved to just sticking bottle in baby's mouth and not giving feeding any more thought. (Wait, what?)
It seems ridiculous, right? What risk could there possibly be in feeding a baby a bottle? Now, I am not talking about risks that are immediately life threatening, but these risks are still highly concerning and should grab your attention! (But don't get too worried! I am going to give you the tools you need to avoid these risks while bottle feeding your baby!)
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE