Let the count down began! Baby Girl will be here in 7 weeks and as I try to wait patiently, I’ve been preparing for the “what’s to come” with a newborn. This is not my first time down this road and I’m glad however I’ve leaned from this pregnancy, that not all are the same.!Therefore some of what I’ve learned from my prior pregnancy may not apply! But when we cross the bridge of the unknown, because it will happen, I am trying to be proactive and prepare for the “what if’s”!
I’ve partner with The Honest Company to talk about breastfeeding by sharing my experience. Five years ago after giving birth to Doll I breast feed her for a total of 6 months. These feeding where not without complications, as Doll was born as 37 weeks, due to preeclampsia. So at birth she was placed in the ICU and never had a chance to experience “skins to skin” and trying to get her to latch. Instead she was given a bottle of formula, after my consent and 5 days later I was given the chance to try to get her to latch.
At the time I was just happy to have my baby girl , healthy and strong and if feeding her formulae was the answer to build her up, then so be it! I was released within 24 hours, however Doll stayed for 7 additional days. At my release I was encouraged to try a pump to get my milk flowing and I did just that!
I remember my first tiny bottle of colostrum and how accomplished I felt to be able to produce milk to feed my baby! The next day I went to the hospital, a few little bottle in hand and gave them to the nurse to feed Doll. She took them and I was elated! This started our nursing process! I nursed Doll for 6 months but with the following issues:
- Low milk supply
- One breast produced more milk then the other which caused her to be cranky and not properly feed
- At about 4 months I started losing most of my milk but keep pushing
I countered my low milk supply and uneven production was by manual pumping and substituting Dolls milk with formula. I never once felt inadequate but I did wonder why my milk supply was so low! As a new mom you start to wonder what “YOUR” doing wrong. As I later learned a mixture of stress, being put on birth control after 3 months and not eating properly were all the issues!
That was the past and although I did six full months, this time around I plan to go further! Welcome to the future! Since I know my pit-falls I plan to combat all my low milk supply issues with the following:
- Eating properly I’ve already started meal prepping and creating healthy meals packed with milk producing goodness like: (find more here on my Pintrest Page)
- Sweet potatoes
- Stay hydrated (My hardest thing thus far in my diet)
- Partaking in self-care (super important!) I’ve been meditating through this whole pregnancy which has been helping with my stress level.
- I also plan to exercise when given the green light
- Taking supplements– There is only one supplement that I currently have and that’s the mother milk tea. However The Honest Company also has a supplement called “Lactation Plus“
- No Birth Control Pills this time around!
I am also hoping to have skin-to-skin and be given a chance for her to latch so that I can start the process off early, however if formula is needed I’ve already done my research and the following are my favorite from research and prior trial:
So there you have it! This is how I plan to avoid the pitfalls of last times nursing and I will update you all when Baby Girl is here on our progress! If you’re a mom-to-be leave your tips, favorite and suggestions down below about breast-feeding.