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Hey hey hey everyone! How’s it going?
I hope you had a great week! It has almost been 2 weeks now since I’ve started this blogging journey (time flies!). I just wanted to thank you all have visited Life of a Babe and subscribed. The support I’ve gotten so far is craaazy.
I didn’t even think anyone other than my husband and a couple of family members would actually read my stuff. So to say that I’m grateful for your time and support is an understatement!
So, now. let’s get down to business. Today we’re going to dive into the world of breastfeeding. I’m also going to share with you a resource that will help you…
Learn how to breastfeed like a boss
When I was nearing the end of my 1st pregnancy, I started getting really nervous about breastfeeding (and pooping during labor). The thought of having another human being sucking on my nipples 24/7 was nerve-wracking. The thought of being my child’s only source of nourishment was scary!
But of course, being that breastfeeding is the norm and is encouraged by nearly every healthcare practitioner, I never made my fears and concerns known to anyone other than my husband. As a first time mama, I was scared and I didn’t want to be judged.
I didn’t even do any research because I was afraid of what I’d find. I didn’t know how to breastfeed but I thought I’d just be able to wing it.
During the 24 hours that we were in the hospital, I had a Lactation Specialist come by and try to teach me the ropes. And every time I’d get her to latch on, the LS would frown. She kept telling me that she wasn’t latching on properly, that her mouth wasn’t opening wide enough.
Down the hill, we go.
That was so frustrating! I kept thinking this is a newborn human baby, not a newborn baby hippo. How wide did they expect her mouth to open???? I even attended a breastfeeding class (at 8 in the freaking morning with my newborn!). By the time we left the hospital, I was frazzled and my daughter had already had a couple of bottles of formula.
This was the beginning of my breastfeeding/bottle-feeding/pumping nightmare. For the next couple of days after we got home, I tried my hardest to breastfeed.
As many of you know, your milk doesn’t usually come in until about day 5 but I didn’t know that colostrum was all my daughter needed during those first couple of days. It seemed so little and as a new mom, I wanted to make sure that she was being well fed.
So I had my husband Jason get a couple of cases of formula. By the time my milk came in, she was pretty much used being bottle-fed, she had no idea what to do with my nipple.
I was desperate for her to get some breastmilk because of its many health benefits and also because my breasts were painfully engorged. So I had Jason get me a double breast pump. For 3 months I felt like a cow, literally sitting and pumping for hours on end. For 3 months I was so stressed out. From recording how much she ate, to scrutinizing every diaper, and obsessing over her weight. It was bad.
I was so over it.
The 2nd time around with my son, I felt a little more confident. I kinda knew what I was doing and what I wanted. Looking back, I know that God knew my heart, that I really wanted to breastfeed. So during the course of my 2nd pregnancy, He opened my heart to the idea. When my son was born and began rooting, I wasn’t clenching my teeth as hard LOL.
I was also a lot more comfortable thanks to my midwife’s support!
God bless my midwife.
She knew my history and the hard time I had breastfeeding my daughter. So she encouraged me and held my hand through the entire thing. I’m happy to report that my son was exclusively breastfed (EBF) until about 1.5 months ago. I weaned him off when he was 10 months old.
This may not seem like a long time for some mamas who breastfeed into the early toddler years but for a mom who couldn’t even stand the suckling, and spent days stressing out, this is one huge victory.
She taught me how to breastfeed my child successfully. and even did home visits during the first 6 weeks after he was born. During these visits, she watched his latch and made sure that I was comfortable. She reassured me that although breastfeeding is natural, both mom and baby need to LEARN.
That did it for me. I always thought that everything would happen naturally. No one had ever told me that we both had to learn it to master it!
I attribute my success with EBF my son with the fact that my midwife educated me. I took in every little thing she said and applied it.
Learn how to breastfeed and prepare yourself for success!
This course is for any mama that is new to the world of breastfeeding and wants to be equipped for success. If you want to learn how to breastfeed your child successfully, then I encourage you to check out this awesome course. The Ultimate Breastfeeding Class was created by another mama who also happens to be a Certified Lactation Expert.
Her name is Stacey Stewart and she founded Milkology which is an online resource to assist women on their breastfeeding journies.
I went through the entire course and was amazed to find that a lot of what my Midwife taught me, could be found in this course!
I can tell you that I would’ve had a much easier time had I taken it the first time around PERIOD!!
Everything is neatly packaged in one bundle for you to dig in. You can access it 24/7 and it’s yours forever! Oh, and did I mention that it’s also pumping mama friendly? This course is everything.
Do yourself a favor…
Get the course.
The great thing about it is that you can do in the privacy of your home while you’re wearing your pj’s and downing a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! And you know what? This course costs less than 4 Starbucks Frappucinos. Yes, I’m serious. And you get SO much more than what you actually pay for. Check out The Ultimate Breastfeeding Class here.
I went through it ALL. I breastfed, I pumped, and I gave formula. So I am not the one to judge or to criticize anybody. The topic of breastfeeding generates a lot of positive discussion but it also opens the doors to criticism, judgment, and mom bashing.
FED IS BEST. If breastfeeding just isn’t working for WHATEVER reason, there are many other options. As long as you are feeding your child, and he or she is thriving and is healthy, then you’re doing your job. Ok?!
That’s it for today ladies!
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