Did you know the birth you have matters when it comes to breastfeeding? There are certain interventions that can affect breastfeeding and your milk supply. Some common interventions that can affect your ability to breastfeed are IV fluids, epidural, Pitocin, and cesarean births.
Sometimes birth interventions are necessary, and if that's the case that doesn't mean you can't breastfeed, it just means we may need to alter the way you approach those first feedings, and early postpartum period so you can have the best breastfeeding experience despite your birthing circumstances.
Knowing is half the battle. As a lactation expert, one of the fist things I would say to you during a virtual breastfeeding support session is... "tell me about your birth". I can get clues about what's going on based on your birth experience, and then use that knowledge to make a plan of action that will work for you, your baby, and your circumstances.
In this post we cover different birthing scenarios, and how you can still have Your Best Start to Breastfeeding, no matter your birthing outcomes.
How much time have you spent thinking about your birth? If you're like most first time moms, I bet it's alot! You want to know exactly what to expect, and that makes complete sense- you've never done this before. You've taken the birth class, you're preparing for labor and practicing your pain management techniques... All of this is good, really important stuff, BUT- you're missing one really important piece.
Breastfeeding Advice and Resources for Moms with Twins- Podcast Interview with Badass Twin Mom Julie Gordon
Those first weeks of breastfeeding are the hardest. 100%.
The first weeks of breastfeeding twins.... that's a whole other journey in itself. Thankfully I connected with Julie who shared with me her best advice, and resources for breastfeeding twins. You won't want to miss what she has to say!
Until recently, we did not have many resources for twin moms, and thanks to Julie Gordon (badass twin breastfeeding, tandem baby wearing, BREECH twin natural birthing, magical unicorn momma.... seriously you have to listen to the podcast below to hear her incredible story!)... We now have a whole lot of resources.... and an expanded love for twin breastfeeding moms.
Scroll below to not only hear her story, receive her advice, but also check out the resources she has to share!
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.
As a lactation expert I am sometimes baffled by the breastfeeding myths out there! In my online community I hear about the advice and suggestions given to breastfeeding moms, and *boom* my mind is blown. Sometimes the myths are just laughable, other times the myths seem helpful, but could actually be really damaging to breastfeeding.
With all of the information online, it can be hard to differentiate between myth and reality. Hopefully this list of the Top Ten Breastfeeding Myths will help you I have compiled this list to bring truth to some of the myths I hear most commonly from the moms in my community.
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.
Breastfeeding is hard! Don't do it alone!
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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!!!
Get my best tips, that ACTUALLY WORK, for increasing your milk supply. (I did mention this is free, right?)
SEND ME MY FREE MILK SUPPLY GUIDE!!!!
So! Now, let's get to it!
Here is the list of things you ACTUALLY NEED.
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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