If you have been following my blog, you would know that I am a breastfeeding advocate. I am still breastfeeding my 2 year old toddler, and it seems like she won’t be stopping anytime soon.
I have grown accustomed to hearing different reactions, from praises to judgmental statements. Worry not, this post is not a rant about those sentiments, rather a post to help other moms continue breastfeeding their little ones.
Five Key Pieces of Advice for Breastfeeding Moms
First, let me start by saying that it is not as easy as it seems. Breastfeeding takes a lot of effort, determination, and discipline. You NEED TO WORK HARD FOR IT.
This is the most important thing that I would have to share. I am a full time working mom and there had been times when I wanted to give up but I didn’t. This was because I knew in my heart that it was the best for my child (note here that I say it is the best for my child – but to each her own mommas). If you will go back to work, slowly build your stash and make a strict pumping schedule at work. Pumping between 2 -3 hour intervals worked best for me.
You need to replenish after pumping and/or breastfeeding your baby. Always have a water bottle near you. When my daughter was younger I would consume 2.5L of water or up. I was always thirsty, and would often wake up feeling like I haven’t drunk water for a day!
Third: Latch as much as possible.
The best way to sustain liquid gold is when your baby directly latches to you. This also helps eliminate nipple confusion – which can sometimes cause a halt to you and your baby’s breastfeeding journey. Directly latching also helps signal your body on what your baby needs for that moment.
Fourth: Drink Moringa supplements or take Lactation Cookies/Brownies
Help your body make liquid gold by supplementing yourself with moringa capsules. This has been proven to help boost the amount of liquid gold you can provide for your little one. Aside from this try eating lactation goodies. I would order a box of lactation baked goodies (good for a week) whenever I noticed that my output was low. After 2 days of eating lactation cookies I would see an increase of 2-3 oz per pump! Also, don’t worry if your output is low during your period – this is normal which is why you need to supplement with iron and calcium supplements.
Fifth and final piece of advice: Think of happy thoughts and have your core support group.
My husband is my number one supporter when it comes to breastfeeding our daughter. I almost gave up two weeks after I gave birth to her. She wasn’t directly latching and she would cry non-stop! E would offer hugs whenever I felt like crying. Even though I was frustrated he would cheer for me. This encouraged me to push through and not give up.
2 Years and Counting
Now, our breastfeeding moments are not as difficult as before. I have stopped pumping at work but I do ensure that she latches when I get home. I have a steady supply good for night time feedings.
The journey to our 2year mark was filled with laughter and tears (sometimes scars from biting too)! So, for my final word of encouragement to breastfeeding moms – you can do it!
If you have any other advice that you would want to share for breastfeeding moms, do share it in the comments section below.
Til next time!