This is the first in what I hope to be many posts about things that I am currently experiencing as a wife and mother…or tips to help you in your journey to motherhood or wedding planning. I have learned a lot through the years and by no means am I an expert, but I would love to be able to share what I have gathered and be available for questions. I am blessed to have a client who is now a friend that feels free to text me with newborn/breastfeeding questions…it was from this conversation that I thought I would start the discussion…I am sincere when I say that I love to be a resource for others!! So, please, call, text, email, comment, etc. I am happy to help or to point you in the right direction!
Today, I want to talk about breastfeeding. I am a huge advocate for breastfeeding and I have personally breastfed 2 babies for the first 12 months of their little lives. To say that I love it is an understatement. I really cannot imagine feeding my infant any other way. Now, I realize there are many women who have struggled to be able to breastfeed. Some have done it because they wanted to give their baby the best start, but didn’t really enjoy it…some tried desperately, but for various reasons it just didn’t work out for them due to issues beyond their control. My heart truly goes out to those Mama’s! In no way, is this post to be condemning if breastfeeding was not the option for you…or if you tried and feel like you failed…but, it is a post to share something that I have experienced twice in my own journey (and I anticipate I will again) and also something I have seen in just about every new Mom that I have ever had the privilege to share in their breastfeeding journey.
What I have found is that two of the biggest obstacles that every new Mom must get over at some point during their first few months of breastfeeding are Fear and Doubt. So often, between a mother’s hormone changes, and lots of sleepless nights, and babies growth spurts and unique feeding habits…these two things creep in and begin to wreak havoc on the new Mom. The fear that my baby is not getting enough milk, my milk is making them sick because they spit up a lot…and breastfed babies are not supposed to spit up, my doctor said that I need to supplement, or I can’t get much out when I am pumping. Fear is an enemy to the breastfeeding Mom! Sometimes it is doubt. Doubting whether you can get up again and feed when you are sooooo exhausted, or doubting that this is really worth it…maybe the doubt is whether they are even satisfied with it because they want to eat every hour. All of these things are so very normal in the breastfeeding journey!
You see, breastfeeding is part of the perfect design. We (with, I guess, the rest of the mammals of the world), were given the ability to nourish our babies from our very own bodies. Not only were we created to carry and birth a precious, perfect gift from God, but to feed that little gift until they are ready to start eating on their own. Today, I want to say that whatever thoughts are raging in your head…whether you are on day 1 of nursing your very first infant, or you are nursing your 8th baby…at some point you will have questions and condemnation that will come through your mind trying to discourage you! Reach out to someone for help! There are tons of local resources where you live through your hospital lactation consultants and La Leche League, friends, and (hopefully) your pediatrician’s office. Just make sure they are pro-breastfeeding. Anyone who is not an advocate will often suggest you resort to other measures first…you want encouragement in your goal to breastfeed…not alternatives!
Here are some posts that I love!
Baby Explains normal Newborn Behavior
What Does Baby Weight Loss Mean – Common Misconceptions
The First Month of Breastfeeding
Whole First Year Breastfeeding Guide
This will most likely not be the last breastfeeding post! Hopefully for those of you who are not at this stage in life, you are willing to bear with me. I am looking at posting about situations that I am currently finding myself in…and/or situations that I know my clients may be facing. So, if you have questions or topics that interest you, please let me know. Again…I am happy to help one-on-one too!