My sister is pregnant, and she has a blog post request! How exciting is that?! She has asked me to write a post discussing the top five things that a pregnant mother should know about breastfeeding.
It is always quite the balancing act when speaking with pregnant mamas. How much information do you provide? Which pieces of information will actually sink in and be relevant when a little baby is still happily inside its mama’s tummy? Should we really discuss potential difficulties or simply go with the positive affirmations and self-belief concept? So I’ve decided to focus on only the first few hours and days after birth. Have you imagined your first breastfeed? Imagine it! It will be beautiful.
My Top Five Tips
1. The breast crawl
Immediately after birth, babies are capable of a ‘breast crawl’. They use their surprisingly strong little feet and legs to push their way up to your
2. The interval obsession
Watch your baby, not the clock! If one of the
Your baby will almost always lose weight after birth, and this is normal. Once your baby loses 7-10% of their weight, only then should you consider supplementation, and only with the clear advice and support of an IBCLC. Not if your baby hasn’t fed for a while, not if your baby is crying a lot, and don’t even get me started on those hospitals that give babies formula or glucose water (!) without asking the mother first… Remember to look at more than just the chart when it comes to your baby’s weight loss.
If you find yourself in the situation where you need to supplement, know that supplementation isn’t so much about
5. Sore nipples
Of the hundreds of women I have spoken with and helped with breastfeeding issues, I have known only two that claim that they didn’t have sore nipples at all. I believe that sore nipples in the early weeks are part of the breastfeeding process… but there is a limit. If your nipples are raw and bleeding, with open sores and blisters, that’s not okay. If you are dreading every feed because of the toe-curling, swear-inducing agony that it will bring, that’s not okay. I know this now. Then it is time to see an IBCLC. If everyone is telling you that the latch looks great and things are great, but you are in agony, it’s time to do some more hunting until you find someone who will listen and will help you fix the problem. There are many things that could be causing it, some of which can cause long-term breastfeeding and milk-supply issues, but these can be prevented if you get help early enough.
Before I leave you with that, I want to point you in the direction of a perfectly beautiful blog post from an IBCLC I admire and follow, regarding the first time you breastfeed. I wish I had written it, it is wonderful!
And, my beautiful sister, most importantly, know that I am here for you always, through it all. Though I might be literally a planet away and unable to deliver you lasagne, I am there for you always along this crazy journey you are about to embark upon. And hey, being a planet away means that you don’t have to worry if you want to call me at 3am! I love you, and I can’t wait to see the beautiful girl that you are holding so closely inside of you. <3