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My Best Breastfeeding Advice

Posted: May 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding Blog Hop | Tags: Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Blog Hop, Co-Sleeping | 2 Comments »

Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted by The Slacker Mom Best Breastfeeding Blog

Welcome to week 21 of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop!

This week we are sharing our Top 3 Tips for breastfeeding.  I know we have all had different experiences and different tricks up our sleeves but I also think there will be some universal advice in our posts…

My Top 3 Tips

#1: Nurse on Demand

With the twins, we were very overwhelmed with their feeding schedule.  It took forever to nurse (they hated everything about nursing), pump, and dropper feed.  I felt like all I did was feed babies, and really, that *was* all I did.  But, with two babies, I wanted them on a schedule.  I wanted them to eat, nap and then hang out and be happy.  You know, like the babies in the parenting books.  My kids didn’t nap and they did nothing but scream when they weren’t eating- usually because they were waiting their turn.

It wasn’t exactly nursing on demand (because they never mastered latching at the same time) and it wasn’t really a schedule, it was kind of the worst possible scenario. At least that’s what it felt like.

It was a pretty horrible introduction to motherhood and breastfeeding and although I was upset that it ended at 4 months, I was relieved.

With Judah, all we did was nurse.  He loved to nurse and he latched like a pro and once he was latched he would pretty much stay there for 45 minutes.  Our pediatrician told me I couldn’t go longer than 2 hours between the start of one session and the start of the next session….as if!

I was lucky if there were 30 minutes between sessions, he was constantly latched.

I absolutely think giving into feeding on demand, no matter how time consuming it was, no matter how much everything fell apart around me because nursing was so time consuming, no matter how much I wanted a break and my body back for an hour…nursing on demand SAVED what little supply I had and it kept us going for those 380 days.

#2: There is No Substitute for a Good Lactation Consultant

If you are having issues, any issues, get yourself to a lactation consultant.  A well trained LC will be able to spot problems you might not be aware of and help to get things running smoothly.  If I had a nickle for every time someone told me about a simple fix they got after making an appointment with a Lactation Consultant that ended up making  a huge difference in their breastfeeding relationship with their child, well, I’d have a few bucks.

Do yourself a favor- make an appointment.  If you are unsure where to go, ask your OB or midwife.  Ask friends in the area if they have had a good experience with one.  Their insight can make all the difference in the world.

#3: Co-Sleep

I know, this is kind of a controversial one, but it goes hand in hand with nursing on demand.  The ability to have Judah next to my bed, to be able to just pull him in and let him latch and keep on sleeping was life changing.  With the twins we were both up and fumbling around two or three times a night.  I don’t know how many times we watched 30 Rock with the back drop of bottles of breast milk being dropped on the floor every few minutes as Yogi Dad nodded off while feeding his assigned twin.  It was pretty horrible.

Co-sleeping can be safe as long as you follow few simple rules and it’s a perfect match for nursing moms.

So, what are your best tips for breastfeeding moms? Link up your post and be sure to grab the linky code for the hop!

As always, check out my fabulous co-hosts: The Gnome’s Mom and Happiness Redefined!

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2 Comments on “My Best Breastfeeding Advice”

  1. 1 Sarah Jane said at 1:11 pm on May 24th, 2012:

    Actually linked up this week!! I was going to write two of your tips!! So, I had to come up with other tips, which is NO problem. I have many more, but help back from adding more.
    My recent post Top 3 Breastfeeding Tips

  2. 2 Laotian Commotion said at 6:10 pm on May 25th, 2012:

    Staying hydrated is key!!!

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