When I found out that I was pregnant, I was a little nervous. When I found out I was pregnant with twins, my husband and I were extremely scared. I have to say that I may have covered my nervousness way better than him. After I got my bearings of the shock of having not one, but two babies I made some decision on what I wanted my birth to be like and that I was going to breastfeed my babies. I would have to admit that my number one reason for breastfeeding my babies was the money factor. It was one way to save money when having kids. I had the support of my husband, family and a postpartum doula. Breastfeeding is not easy, but it is the most rewarding thing that I have ever done. I hope that this products and tips help inspire you and give you courage that you can do this.
Breastfeeding Success With These 5 Must Haves
If you are going to be a nursing mama, I highly recommend you get a good breast pump. You can check with your insurance to see what breastpumps are covered. You can also check out this website to see as well. I started using my breastpump the day after I came home, just to get a feel for it. Also, I had help that first week so I also had help with the babies. I also played around with the times to pump. And for me, the best time was in the morning after I woke up timeframe.
I will tell you that I tried to go back to my regular routine of trying to do what I used to sans kids. After 5 days, my body was not having that nonsense. I am so glad that I took the hint rather than pushing through (because we are women we just do that). That sleep when the baby sleeps advice is great advice. Soon, I was choosing sleep over anything. Laundry or sleep? Sleep. TV show or sleep? Sleep? Run an errand at night or sleep? Sleep. My house was not the best, I did not drive at night for awhile (3 months). My husband drank coffee while I was waking up 3-4 times at night and I am still not a coffee drinker. I got my sleep!
Nursing Bra and Nursing Pajamas
The first month of maternity leave, I lived in my nursing pajama and nursing bra (well except that first week when I thought I was superwoman). It was operation breastfed and spend time with babies. The last thing you need to worry about is breastmilk getting on your clothes and an unhappy baby who wants to eat but you have to remove clothing to give them access. A baby’s cry can be overwhelming. A good nursing gown and bra will make you feel comfortable when at times breastfeeding can be stressful.
Your breastfeeding caddy should have water, snacks, nipple cream, breast pads, a book (when you become a breastfeeding pro) and any other nursing essentials you typical use. When you are breastfeeding a few things will happen — you will get thirsty, you will get hungry, you will get bored. So, either have a spot your house or just grab the caddy and take with you where you plan to nurse.
A Support Team
Having people who support you is great. When the days are hard and you want to give up or when you just can’t it is great to have people to talk to. Like I said, breastfeeding is not easy and every baby is different. For me, I almost gave up and as going to just pump. You can read my story of how I almost gave up. But I got some support and some help and breastfed my twins longer than I thought I would. I count breastfeeding as one of best accomplishments and I am very thankful for the support I have.
Here’s some fun facts about breast-feeding that you may or may not know.
- At birth, the great produces colostrum. This provides your baby immunity and protects their gut.
- At 6 weeks, breastmilk has the highest concentration of antibodies.
- At 3 months, breastmilk has the tons of calories to help your baby reach their upcoming milestones.
- At 6 months, breastmilk has is high in omega acids that are essentials for brain development.
- At 12 months, breastmilk has is high in omega acids for both muscle development and brain development.
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Wife and mother of twins. Founder of Pride & Joy Baby Planners and The Expecting Mamas Network.