Showing posts with label breastfeeding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label breastfeeding. Show all posts
Sunday, March 10, 2013

Top 10 Breastfeeding questions.

As you may or may not know I am very pro breastfeeding. I also know not all mothers are capable or can breastfeed. Still, I believe breast is best. It should be the normal but sadly this isn't the case. A friend of mine is expecting her second child and came to me with many questions regarding breastfeeding. 

She did not breastfeed her first child. She was a teen mom and though that people only breastfed if they couldn't afford formula. That felt like a blow to the gut for some reason. I have never heard such a thing, and I am the same age as her. This is the way that a lot of people think apparently. At least, the people who live around here. She has gotten many comments about her choice to try and breastfeed. 

Comments such as how gross it is, or "eww". I feel for my friend. I have overcome many obstacles myself. A lot of comments I had to defend. A huge part of successfully breastfeeding is having a great support system. I am planning on being there no matter what. I told this friend she can call me day or night. 

First, I want to say shame on those who say how gross breastfeeding is. If you drink cows milk, where do you think that comes from? A mama cow! 
I'm not in any way bashing formula. It is great for those who need it. But breastfeeding is not for poor people. It is for all babies! There are even milk banks! Kudos to those who want to try and if you can't do it at least you tried. This post is all about common questions mothers ask. I have breastfed three children. Currently 6 months in EBF my third child. A lot of these questions I have been asked. There are so  many more questions that can be asked. This is just a rough outline. 

Top 10 asked breastfeeding questions

Where do I start?

  • A great breastfeeding class.
  • Read!! There are so many amazing resources out there. Knowledge is power.
  • Limit visitors and visiting times when you are in the hospital, as well as in the early postpartum days after you return home.
  • A lot of skin-to-skin time with your baby, starting as soon after birth as you can.
  • Start breastfeeding as soon after baby’s birth as you can.Within an hour is great.
  • Nurse your baby a minimum of 8–12 times in 24 hours. (I exceeded 12 times in 24 hours)
  • Avoid bottles and pacifiers. Usually it is OK after 4 weeks.
  • Ask other mothers who breastfeed!
  • Don’t hesitate to seek help if you encounter challenges.

How can I build my Milk Supply?
It will take up to several days for your milk to come in. Nurse as much as possible on demand. Your baby will help let your body know how much milk to make. Supply and Demand.
Also, a good latch is important.

How do I know that my baby is hungry?
Watch your baby for these early signs of hunger:

  • Sucks hand
  • Licks lips
  • Moves and stretches arms
  • Opens mouth
  • Turns head from side to side
  • Turns head toward your head or chest
  • Don’t wait until your baby cries before offering your breast. A crying baby has a hard time latching.

How long should each breastfeeding session last?
The length of each breastfeeding session can vary, depending on baby’s age and hunger level. Newborns will feed anywhere from 5–40 minutes. While older babies tend to finish in a shorter time. Start on one breast. When baby slows down or stops, try to burp them, and then offer the other breast. 

How do I know when my baby is full?
Let your baby decide when she is full. Some of these signs may help.

  • Sucking slows down or stops
  • You no longer hear swallowing
  • Baby’s arms and hands relax
  • Baby lets go of the breast, and does not attempt to latch again

How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk?
Watch baby’s weight gain, as well as how many diapers he has.
Most babies lose weight in the first several days of life. This is normal and they can lose up to 10% of their body weight. usually gaining it back within 1-2 weeks. As long as you see several wet and poopy diapers you are golden.

How much breastmilk does my baby need?
The amount a baby takes depends on age. Newborns do not need very much in the first days. Their stomachs are very small.

Day 1  about 1 teaspoon per feeding
Day 3  about 1 tablespoon per feeding
Day 10  about 2 oz. per feeding
1 month+ about 2–3 oz. per feeding

Can I breastfeed if I am sick?

Some women think that when they are sick, they should not breastfeed. Most common illnesses, such as colds, flu, or diarrhea, can’t be passed through your breast milk. In fact, if you are sick, your breast milk will have antibodies in it. These antibodies will help protect your baby from getting the same sickness.

How do I know that my baby is latched on well?

  • No Pain
  • Wiggling ears. Your baby's ears may move while suckling.
  • Both lips are curled out.
  • You can see more of your areola above baby’s top lip than below her bottom lip.
  • cheeks are rounded, not dimpled or sucked in.
  • You can hear her swallow.
  • You do not hear any clicking or smacking sounds.
  • Relaxed baby.
  • She takes long, rhythmic sucks, and you can see her upper jaw and ear move.
  • You feel a strong tug while breastfeeding, but do not feel pain.

Will it Hurt?
Breastfeeding will cause many sensations. Sometimes it can sometimes be confusing to distinguish between what is normal and what is a problem. Generally there should be no pain. Every women has a different level of sensitivity. In the first weeks you will experience many sensations. Usually just tugging and tenderness. Which usually will subside if you have the right latch. You may feel tingling or pins and needles with let down. Which is your body releasing milk. This usually gets better. Cramping is also to be expected.

If you experience any pain you should contact a lactation nurse. If the pain causes your toes to curl seek help. Also, a burning sensation could signal a problem.

When in doubt, seek help.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

FREE nursing pillow!

Who could use a new FREE nursing pillow?

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Just go here and you can choose from one of the 9 available prints. Enter the promo code 976e341 and you can get the pillow for free! Just pay shipping.

You can upgrade to the Minky Nursing Pillow and pay just $5 more, plus the shipping!

There are some adorable prints available. I just ordered mine.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

My Feeding Friend: Not Just a Nursing Pillow Review

My Feeding Friend

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Plush Pillow

Recently, I had the chance to review this really adorable nursing pillow.

Seriously, isn't it cute?

At first it arrived stuffed in this package. Similar looking as to what you would find a comforter in. 
Poor Monkey.
The circumference of my pillow is an amazing 21 inches!

You can probably see my old nursing pillow in the background too. It looks so small in comparison to the My Feeding friend!
The monkey is my favorite. It even has a cute little tail! The My feeding friend plush pillow is not only a great nursing pillow, but it also serves as a good support for babies learning to sit up. Baby girl is almost able to sit up on her own. Currently, she is doing what my 4 year old calls the "guerilla". If you look at the photo you can see what she means. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Baby-led Solids

My baby girl is growing up! She is still exclusively breastfed, and I want to keep it that way. She seems to have other plans. Every meal that I eat, she seems to attempt to steal my food. The faces she makes are just adorable. If she isn't close enough to grab at what I'm eating she will start to cry. This is such a new thing for her, just these last two days. I'm so amazed at her milestones and how she is progressing. She can almost get herself sitting up from a laying down position as well. She can roll either way. It is such a beautiful process; watching a child grow. 

Huh? What is this Baby-led Solids you speak of?

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Breastfed Family

All three of my children have been breastfed. Each of our breastfeeding journeys differs in experience and duration. My first child was the ONLY of my children to have a bottle. Which was forced upon us in the hospital. After we left that nightmare, she was exclusively breastfed.

My first child (A), had an extremely difficult time trying to latch. This was brought on by a multitude of factors. Being that I was still young and it was my first child, I had no idea what to expect or how to learn the right way to breastfeed. It's mainly trial and error. I had no experience with baby A. No family that could teach me how to do it. The fact that I had an emergency Cesarean section wouldn't have even mattered, if I could move my body at all. The numbness consumed me. If only baby A and I could get that skin to skin contact right away. Maybe things would have been different.

Baby A - 3 days old
The thought of a lactation consultant didn't come to mind until the medical staff forced me to supplement. I was immensely distraught over not being able to do what was completely natural. 

I remember thinking to myself, "How can I not know how to do this?" The questions I would ask myself would just make the pain more intense. I felt like I was letting my baby down. My body was letting me down. The pain was unbearable. This is the most natural act that I could do, and yet I could not get it to work. My experience was dreadful. The Nurses were of no help. They were awful even. There was even a nurse who was getting flustered by my lack of knowledge in breastfeeding. She would hold tight onto my breast and try to force it into my baby A's mouth. It was so painful. This nurse was far too forceful, and I now know that this is not the proper way to latch a baby. You do not need to grip the breast the way she was. Honestly I feel if I was left alone, I could have managed to do it. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

How did you feel the moment you became a parent?

This post is supposed to be about how I felt the moment I became a parent. Since there are no words to describe the amazement I felt, I want to tell the story with pictures. My first child was born in 2008 by emergency c-section after she just would not come out and my blood pressure rose above 160/100. 

Afterwards I could barely move my fingers. Sadly, I could not breastfeed her right away like I could with my second and third born. Which in turn created obstacles for us with breastfeeding. It eventually worked out and she was exclusively breastfed after being home from the hospital.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My five greatest accomplishments

Continuing with our 30 things series is a post about accomplishments. 

What have you accomplished that you are proud of?

  • The biggest accomplishment in my life would have to be my kids. Obvious really, they are my entire world.
  • Finishing my G.E.D. If you have read my previous posts on bullying, you will understand why I did not finish high school. But getting my G.E.D diploma is still an amazing accomplishment that I am proud of.
  • Getting into College while raising my children. My first daughter was a baby when I started, and now I have been going for almost 3 years. It's not easy with kids but that's OK.
  • I grew up. Doesn't seem like an accomplish to you? Well, I have been through so much in life that just being here today is amazing.
  • Breastfeeding all of my children is an amazing accomplishment. Not many moms seem to understand the benefits of breastfeeding. I'm proud to say my children breastfed for at least a year each. (Besides baby girl, whom is still a booby baby)

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Letter to Myself As a New Mom

This is the letter I'm sure I'd want to read years ago when the diapers and sleepless nights had just began. Also those tiring first days in the hospital when breastfeeding was just not working.

Dear New Mom,

You're alive! You made it through the most horrible and most extraordinary experience of your life. That Cesarean section was not planned, and it may have almost taken your life but you're here. The nurses are not helpful with nursing and they are pushing formula on your new baby girl. You know this is wrong, but you just don't know what to do. She wont latch on right and your toes are curling from the pain. When she starts losing weight they will give you no choice but to supplement. Yet, you persevere. You want this to work and you will give it your all. Nursing is not always easy.

Do not get discouraged over this. It will get easier. Find the lactation nurse. She knows what she is doing. The first six weeks of nursing will seem like an uphill battle, but it gets better. You may want to give up right now but later on you will be so proud. A few months from now you will be extremely happy. Your nursing relationship will improve and you will educate yourself as you should have during your pregnancy.

Becoming pregnant again was not on you to do list. It will happen a lot sooner then you want it to. Your baby is 12 weeks old and you are just getting a handle on things. You're scared and don't know how you'll make it. This will pass. You are a strong woman and a great mother. 

You are not perfect, no mother is. You are beautiful. Even with the stretchmarks. 

You will sleep through the night again. You will have a clean home again. You will wear pre-baby clothes again. Take it one day at a time. 

Soon you will have three young children and it will just come naturally just as you wish it would now. It takes hard work and you have worked so hard to become the woman you are.

You will be in college and juggling life as a mom of three. You may not lose all that baby weight but you have those three precious babies. 

Just know that you will successfully breastfeed all of your children and do so in public without a care. 

You are strong!

Baby #3
The road ahead looks tough, I'm sure. There will be days when you are sad and don't understand why. You are overwhelmed and exhausted. This time may seem like it will never end, but somehow you will find a way. 
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Monday, January 7, 2013

What Is Your Dream Job, and Why?

When I was in Junior High and High school I never gave much thought into what I wanted to be when i grew up. Honestly, I thought I would never know. Stressing about it was not something i wanted to do. Yet, I did.

Here we are so many years later. I'm a mother of three young children. Also, currently in my third painful year of college. Seriously, three years and I'm still considered a freshmen. I'm not completely sure which bothers me more. The fact it has been three years and I'm not a Nurse yet or the fact that I'm still a freshmen.

Nevertheless, I am in college and I am making it one step at a time towards my goals. I love being a stay at home mom. Also, I love working. 

When I was 16 years old I became a C.N.A. There have been times of unemployment, but that is what I consider being a stay at home mom. As of right now I am staying home so I can also go to school. It just was not practical to do both. The last semester was a failure. But honestly who can make it through dissecting a cat while being pregnant? Somehow I made it through almost half of that semester, and had to drop it. My morning sickness was unbearable. Yet I hid it very well. The first 19 weeks of the pregnancy with baby girl were horrible. I did not gain any weight really until the third trimester. Which was OK for me, so don't panic. She was healthy and 7.6 lbs. 

I love children, babies especially. I have even thought of being a surrogate. Not sure how my husband would take that one. 

After thinking long and hard about what I wanted, and going through the notions I decided I want to be a Midwife. With my obsession over pregnancy, breastfeeding and everything baby this career just fits me. 

It will take 7 years of Nursing, and a Masters degree to reach that goal. Did I mention that I'm still a freshmen? 

Thankfully, I am almost done the pre-reqs for it. After this semester I have Physiology, Micro-biology, and a humanities elective. That is 2 or 3 more semesters. Maybe by then I will be a sophomore. Luckily I'm currently in my 20's and there is hope to make my goal before 30. Hopefully I'm not setting the bar up too high. 

With that said, wish me luck at braving another semester and cat dissection. 

What is your dream job?

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

20 random facts about me

Kelly over at Adventures in Fluff shared a link called 30 things my kids should know about me.  Since I am just getting started with this blogging thing, I figured this would be a great start. So here it goes.
Day 1: List 20 random facts about yourself
1. I have to wear socks 24/7. No matter what I'm doing. Even in the summer.
2. I hate having a messy house, but I just don't have the energy to clean it most of the time. 
3. I have 3 kids under 5 years old.
4. I want to become a midwife before I am 30.
5. I'm currently in school tackling the never ending pre-requisites for said career.
6. I live with the most amazing man in the world!
7. I taught myself how to sew.
8. I have had 3 Cesarean Sections.
9. I breastfed all of my children
10. They never used a bottle.
11. I had my oldest daughter when I was 18. 
12. I can play the flute.
13. Now that I am a mom I think that I turned into a much better person.
14. As much as I am told how great of a mom I am, I still feel like I stink at it.
15. I have to do my hair before leaving my house. 
16. Same goes with a little eye liner.
17. I am tired a lot.
18. I never had any pregnancy cravings.
19. I gained 70 lbs with my first child, 20 with my second and 10 with my third.
20. I’m extremely indecisive. I can take all day to decide what to eat.