FIRST TIME MAMAS FOCUS ON ALL THE WRONG THINGS. There. I said it. And I'm not sorry. And also I'm guilty AF of this too.
With my first baby, I think I went a little nuts. With alllll the things. Once nesting kicked in, I was in hyper focused baby preparation mode.
And I wish I could go back and SHAKE MYSELF and say, "Kelly... you're focusing on all the wrong things! It's not going to matter what the nursery looks like, and all that baby gear you registered for is an expensive waste of resources... you won't use most of it, and definetly not for long!"
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Here's a hard truth, and I'm going to be blunt here.... The most important thing you'll need to do after your baby comes is FEED YOUR BABY. It's the basic for survival. And yet very very few of us truly prepare for this.
And if you're planning to breastfeed, preparing is more crucial than ever. Sadly, most of us start out with the intention of breastfeeding exclusively, and almost all of us go in it with the wrong ideas. As a consequence, as of 2020 only 25% of mothers will be breastfeeding exclusively at 6 months.
MAMAS- We should be putting just as much, if not MORE effort in to planning to breastfeed our babies than we do for our births.
I see you out there taking that birth class. Take the time to get in with a LC you TRUST and line up that support and educate yourself BEFORE YOUR BABY GETS HERE.
And I don't mean learn breastfeeding positions. I mean really learn what it takes to breastfeed, establish a healthy milk supply, and trust in the process.
"Well, I took the hospital lactation class, and read some books."
Great! That's a good start. I did the same, and I'm here to say it's NOT even close to enough.
If you are curious as to whether or not you've really got all the knowledge you need take our Prenatal Quiz and find out... and if you don't pass it....Then I strongly urge you to come talk to me and take our Self Paced Online Breastfeeding Course that comes with Private Support with my team to get you through those first few weeks.
You will not regret taking our class, but you will regret it if you don't.
I'm Kelly Maher Carvell, Successful Breastfeeding LLC's founder, and lactation expert. I've made it my personal mission to reach as many parents as possible (like you!) to prepare you for your Successful Breastfeeding Journey. Thank you for allowing me and my team to support you. Before you leave the blog grab one of my FREEBIES like my Prenatal Success Kit or the Pump More Milk for Your Stash Guide. You've got this and I'm here to help!
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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