Breastfeeding Tips

As my second son is approaching his first birthday in a few weeks, I’m no longer a ‘new mom’ but instead a ‘seasoned mom’ when it comes to babies and breastfeeding.

I’m honestly in awe that I’ve spent a combined 26 months (and counting) breastfeeding my two boys. There’s no telling how many hours I’ve spent nursing!

I don’t claim to be an expert when it comes to breastfeeding but I have experience and a few simple things I attribute to my breastfeeding ‘success’.

Breastfeeding Tips:

  • Drink lots and lots of water. You have to drink water for your body to make milk. Keep a glass or reusable water bottle with you at all times and remember to drink.
  • Eat. So many new moms are more concerned about losing baby weight than establishing milk supply. Remember it took 9 months for your belly to grow with your baby and it’s not going to disappear overnight, give yourself grace. If you want to establish and maintain a good milk supply, you must eat! I eat nearly twice as much while nursing than I do while pregnant.
  • Don’t try to schedule your baby. In the first few days and weeks especially, I believe in feeding baby on demand. After your supply is established and baby is gaining, if you believe in scheduling, then begin working on a schedule.
  • Educate yourself. Read books, take a class or attend a local La Leche League meeting. Before my first son was born, I ‘researched’ breastfeeding through books, blog posts, classes and talking to women who breastfed their babies.
  • Have a support person. My number one supporter is my husband, he took a breastfeeding class with me before our first baby’s birth so he knew almost as much as I did! If you have a friend (or even an acquaintance) who believes in extended nursing, she’ll want to do what she can to help. I love encouraging new breastfeeding mamas!
  • Don’t make breastfeeding an idol. Yes, there are many benefits of breastfeeding but you’re not a failure if you are unable to breastfeed. Many women deal with latching issues, bleeding nipples, little or no supply and many of these things are beyond their control.

Do you have any other breastfeeding tips?

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  1. Great tips, Rachel! I would include the thought that it is ok to nurse a baby anywhere it is ok to feed a baby a bottle. Of course, modesty is necessary, but with a little practice, a nursing mom can feed her baby and others will not even notice. I breast fed my 3 daughters for about 1 year each, that is 36 months of my life… Baby #4 was a premie and could not nurse, had to stay in NICU, etc. And because I had 3 girls 5 1/2 and younger, I could not spend time pumping and feeding the new little one and keep our house together. So he received a bottle. And just today, we are celebrating his 16th birthday! He is over 6', has his learner's permit and is a wonderful young man. Bottom line: be the best mother you can!

    Dee in TN

  2. Your suggestions are great. I work full time and still manage to give my child breast milk by pumping three to four times per work day. While I realize this may not be possible for many working mothers, it has been a great money saver for my family and my workplace is very accomodating! My daughter never had to have formula and my son (now almost 6 months) hasn't had to have it yet either. I hope to be able to continue to pump for him as long as I can produce for him. Thankfully, both of my children have had no problems going from bottle to breast so I still get to breastfeed him when I am with him with no latch problems.

    1. I have so much respect for pumping mamas! I personally hate to pump and think 'just nursing' is so much easier than pumping! I pump about 2-3 times a week and it's awful. So glad you're having success pumping, that your son goes back and forth and that your work is accommodating! 🙂

  3. What a great post! I just passed the 6 month mark breastfeeding my second son, and I am over the moon that my supply is strong and that (this time around) it has been such a lovely experience. I didn't make it this far with my first son. He had reflux, and I was working, and I couldn't keep my supply up although I tried everything. I particularly appreciate your last suggestion, because, while we want the best for our kids, wanting to do everything "right" can easily become an idol. I was at the point near the end with my oldest that it was all I could think about, all I could pray about. Once we switched to formula, I felt so much stress drift away. Even though it wasn't "the best" nutritionally, using formula was certainly "the best" for me and my family at that time because I was under less pressure.

    Oh and by the way, that picture is beautiful. It captures the sweet mommy-baby moments perfectly!

    1. Congrats on passing 6 months and I'm so happy it's been easier this time! And, I so agree, for many mama's, formula is 'the best' for both baby and mama and there is no reason to let that make you feel inferior!

  4. Would you have any tips on weaning? My daughter is 16 months, and still very attached to nursing…she will barely drink whole milk.

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