In this blog post I share some simple tools that helped me along our breastfeeding journey. Truth is, it didn't go as I hoped, but it was amazing while it lasted and I thank these tricks for making the journey go more smooth - especially first when my milk came in!
I LOVE breastfeeding.
I truly, truly do. It feels magical to be so connected to my baby.
I know that a lot of women struggle with it and some even chose not to or don’t enjoy it at all even while doing it.
Well for me it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever done.
I look forward to our nursing moments.
Wilder and I connecting.
I will breastfeed for as long as we both feel like it’s appropriate- I am not going to let society tell me how long that should be (or short).
It’s such an amazing bond we are creating and it’s freaking amazing that my body have created him and is making him grow! That’s something I couldn’t be more proud of.
Let’s normalize breastfeeding people.
It’s my choice (not yours) on what’s appropriate or not regarding the way I breastfeed.
Breasts are meant to feed babies not to be sexualized so please look away if you don’t want to see someone breastfeeding.
I will be over here thinking that breastfeeding can be one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.
These are the things that have helped me in the beginning of my breastfeeding journey:
Haakaa pumps. These are amazing! In the beginning I was side-lying while feeding because I couldn’t sit up for the first two and a half weeks, and i had crazy let down (I guess my body was trying to figure out how much it needed to produce). So I used the Hakka on the boob I wasn’t feeding in, and I collected so much milk that I have stored in the freezer. The Hakka pumps can also help you stimulate more milk if needed, and I still use them every day but not with every feed.
Silverette cups. These are a lifesaver! I had them from the very beginning and I put them on every time after feeding. I have never had a cracked nipple! Sure they were a little bit sore in the beginning when learning to breastfeed but the pain where gone so fast when using these! Can’t thank them enough!
Dave’s killer bread! A friend of mine recommend this bread, and I will swear by it as well. Maybe I ate a bit too much of these in the beginning because my boobs where overflowing with milk 🤣 but I am sure they increased my milk supply!
Heating pad. First day when I expected my milk come in I used it a lot, to prevent my boobs from being hard and uncomfortable and I still use it when I feel my boobs getting a bit “too full”. I highly recommend having one ready before her milk comes in because I never got any pain or issues once the milk came in.
There are other things that have been helpful as well , like my own home made lactation cookies and fenugreek in a delicious soup or my electric pump.
But the tips above are the ones that have impacted my journey so far the most and I felt like I wanted to share in case you know someone that is expecting or someone that is breastfeeding that haven’t heard about one of these things.
PS. I know breastfeeding can also be a sensitive topic, because it is not as easy as we might think it will be. Many women end up feeling a lot of sadness and shame because their breastfeeding journeys don't go as planned. Truth is, these words were written when our breastfeeding journey was going well. Ours stopped earlier than I expected, and there is a lot of shame that comes with it. I share more about that in another post, but I want you to know that you are not alone if your journey is not what you expected it to be.
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