“I bottle fed, and I breastfed, and before I knew it, they were all eating stale french fries off the floor of the minivan and I was like, whatever, thanks for cleaning.”
Not only is this quote hilarious but it’s so relatable. Seriously, mamas. Haven’t we all thought this before? Feeding our tiny humans is so hard sometimes… but why is that? Why does it have to be so hard from day 1?
I’ve recently starting thinking about my breastfeeding experiences with both of my children. I’ve concluded that society’s role in our family’s feeding is one major factor in making our entire experience more stressful than it needs to be. There can be pressure when feeding in public, breast or bottle. There may also be an overall lack of support from friends and family and/or lack of breastfeeding education provided. In today’s post, I’m going to recap my experience with breastfeeding. I’m also going to share a cool new platform by Happy Family. This platform is devoted to making sure that all families feel supported during their infant feeding journey!
I was fortunate enough to have the ability to nurse my daughter for 13 months with absolutely no milk supply issues! I was totally an over-researcher in the beginning stages of nursing. I constantly worried that I would run into issues with my supply so I did everything possible to make sure that I never got to that point. I’m going to share the tips that worked for me but know that every body and nursing situation is different.
I’ve talked a lot about what I like to use for breastfeeding and pumping in Part 3 and Part 4 but I wanted to give a final, brief overview of some of my favorite breastfeeding items. The aspiring minimalist in me says that you truly don’t need a lot of these items; but the practical mom who is trying to keep her head on her shoulders says, “get them all”!
I used to hate pumping until I learned more about it. As I’ve said before, mad love to the women that are exclusive pumpers, it is no joke. I’m doing my pumping segments in a Q&A style based on the frequently asked questions that I get asked by friends and other moms!
First and foremost, I’m not an expert yet. These are all just opinions based on my experience. I thought about exclusive pumping several times but I never committed. Edited to add: I’m glad that I stuck with my original breastfeeding plan!
I talked a lot about pumping in Part 3 but this post is obviously meant for pumping at work. As I will always state, this is all based off of my experience and I just want to share that!
I’m extremely fortunate to be a Mom/Baby RN. This makes pumping at work almost a completely normal act. My co-workers understand and so do my patients! It can be difficult to time it out exactly but I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to make it work. Here are my tips for successful pumping at work!
This part of my breastfeeding series will be focusing on the mistakes that I made during the first couple of weeks/months after Baby E was born. Currently she is almost 8 months and nurses with no end in sight. Even though things are very successful right now, the beginning wasn’t as beautiful. So here are my top 4 mistakes, in no particular order, and I hope you learn from them!
Update (1/19/17): I ended up nursing Baby E successfully for 13 months!