Breastfeeding Experience + Helpful Tips

It took four days postpartum for my milk supply to fully come in. Prior to that, I was able to pump colostrum and was seemly dry afterwards. Although I had the lactation team to coach me, I didn’t have any experience to pull from because I’m a first time mother. I pumped the recommended eight times per day for at least fifteen minutes and all I could produce were little droplets. I grew frustrated and toyed with the possibility of not being able to nurse my baby. On the fourth day, I began pumping just before sunrise and to my delight, my milk finally arrived! I was filled with joy because my pregnancy didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped. I would have been devastated if I couldn’t breastfeed.

Tips

  • Utilize all of your resources. Do not hesitate to contact your lactation specialist for help.
  • If you are pumping, make sure to schedule eight sessions throughout the day. Even if you only have time to pump for 15 minutes, that’s better than skipping . It’s important to empty your breasts in order to trigger your body into producing more milk.
  • Make sure you use some type of lubricant on your nipples to protect them from getting dry and cracked; I use castor oil.
  • Stay hydrated! Your supply is affected by your water intake.
  • Eat a well balanced diet and continue to take your prenatal vitamins so your baby can receive the nutrients.

Must Have Products

  • Nipple shields: Makes it easier for your little one to latch on. Also, they can be used if your nipples are sore.
  • Boppy Pillow: Provides support and comfort while feeding.
  • Breastfeeding/Pumping Log: It’s very easy to get off track and forget things while adjusting to a new baby. Having a log (paper or digital) will keep you on track of your feeding and pumping schedule.
  • Aspirator: If your baby starts to spit up or choke, you can suction it out with a manual or battery powered aspirator.
  • Castor oil: Prevents dry and cracked nipples.
  • Large Water Bottle: Replenish your fluids all throughout the day.
  • Comfortable chair: A designated place for you to nurse your baby.

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