You’re here for breastfeeding tips, but I need to share a quick story with you first:
Last week I answered the door. It was the pizza man. He looked…uncomfortable. I thought maybe I smelled bad? Maybe I had spit up on my shoulder? I closed the door. I looked down. I realized why he looked so…uncomfortable. My breast was hanging out of my shirt because I forgot to put it away after my baby was done feeding and I answered the door. As I stood there thinking about what had just transpired I couldn’t believe it…he forgot to give me the dips!
Breastfeeding has been a challenging journey for me.
Some women have no problem and have Pamela Anderson looking jugs full of milk even before they’ve had their baby. Some women go through hours of torture to literally squeeze out one drop.
The latter was me.
I spent hours researching ways to make me produce more milk (and help me fill out a D-cup). Here’s what I came up with:
Breastfeeding tips and tricks
Make sure you have a correct latch
This is the first breastfeeding tip and is the most crucial when you’re establishing breastfeeding and your milk supply. You want baby’s mouth to be covering your areola, not just your nipple. Jack Newman is my go-to guy when trying to help a client establish their latch and was my best friend when trying to establish mine (even the fourth go-round was a doozy for me- this is not always the easiest thing to do so try not to get discouraged if you don’t get it on your first few tries).
If you’re still having a hard time establishing an effective latch do make sure to go to your local public health unit or call a Lactation Consultant. They can offer you a wealth of information and a little more of a hands-on approach when it comes to getting that latch down pat.
Keep only one eye on the clock
It’s easy to get caught up in the “feed baby every _____ hours”, but it’s not quite that simple. The more you nurse the more milk you’re going to produce. If baby is showing cues of being hungry don’t deny them milk just because you’re not quite at the hour mark. That said, f you’re trying to establish your milk supply and baby is sleeping beyond those every couple of hours it’s fair to wake them up for a feed.
Not only is it a fun word to say, but some of them are very effective. The main ones are Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle but there are products out there that contain more herbs and are specific to breastfeeding. Check out your local health food store and chat with your midwife or doctor to see what they recommend.
The cookie recipe below containing Brewer’s Yeast was the galactagogue that worked best for me! This is by far my favourite breastfeeding tip as it is the most delicious!
**If you’re not feeling up to making cookies, simply add some brewers yeast to your smoothie. That’s the main ingredient that really helped me!
Skin to skin
Take off your shirt as much as possible. Get baby naked as much as possible. If you’re struggling to stay put in bed or on the couch throw the baby wrap on and put a naked (maybe leave the diaper on) baby inside. Voila! Portable skin to skin.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Or, better yet, have someone take care of you. Your postpartum doula or partner should be making sure that you are getting plenty of rest, sleeping as much as possible, eating nutritious foods, and drinking loads of water. Making sure that you’re hydrated is a major component of keeping your body healthy while you’re breastfeeding. Your baby is literally sucking the life out of you so it’s important to keep it restored at all times. While this is one of the most important breastfeeding tips it’s also the one that most folks struggle with the most.
I mentioned breastfeeding wasn’t easy for me, right? It was a hard go right from the beginning. When I was told by a doctor that “not all women were meant to be cows” I nearly gave up. Instead, I spent hours researching breastfeeding tips, spent days in discomfort (mastitis, thrush, engorgement, cracked and blistered nipples are no joke, friends), and months breastfeeding. I ended up breastfeeding for a total of 6 years. My breasts may never be the same (in other words, they may never look like they don’t appear in a copy of “National Geographic”), but my choice to breastfeed was the best one that I could have made for myself and my babies.
I want to hear your breastfeeding journey! Comment below and share your story!