I am a mama of 4 & have had 4 completely different breastfeeding experiences. Each experience has felt like its own unique journey. . . messy, beautiful, raggedy, yet fulfilling.
Breastfeeding had often left me feeling defeated. With each baby I have nursed for shorter period of time. Although each experience was different, one thing they all had in common was me not going in prepared.. I kind of just showed up to the party without reading the invitation. So this time I came prepared.
If you can relate, I got you sis. Here are 5 ways I have prepped & come ready to thrive at this breastfeeding journey.
1. Support. I have been super intentional about having a community of people to help me + educate me. Although this is my 4th time I still have so much to learn. Having a community of people to encourage, educate, & push me to meet my breastfeeding goal has already been such a huge help. Whether its my husband cheering me on through the cracked nipples, a lactation consultant working with my son & I on his latch, or my friends giving me lactation cookie recipes, I’m covered. Community & support is everything!
2. Supplements. A reoccurring issue I have had with my boys is low milk supply. I go from engorgement to depletion real quick. It’s so dang frustrating. This time around I am prepped & ready for that depletion. My weapon of choice is lactation teas & supplements. Oatmama has so many amazing resources so go check them out sis!
3. Pumping religiously. Girl, I did not come to play this time. I already have 10 bottles frozen & my baby is 2 weeks old. I waited until my engorgement went down and have committed to pumping 1 bottle a day. I am not a fan of breastfeeding in public because it feels so inconvenient. I also travel often. These 2 things have always played a role in me tapping out of the nursing game. Not this time, she ready!!
These 2 pumps have been a game changer. The “Mya” pump from Ameda is a busy mamas bestie. Not having to plug this in to use it is a game changer. I have been using this to pump on my way to school pickup.
The Haaka pump has been bae. I just leave it on the boob I’m not nursing with & it catches lol the goodness dripping. Much better than wasting the milk in a nursing pad.
4. Consistency. Consistency is definitely key when you are trying to commit to something so intense like breastfeeding. If I fall out of my routine or start to get lazy with my pumping schedule, I know I will not succeed. So I am setting reminder in my phone to pump & not ignoring them. I have no formula in mi casa so I cant just supplement when its convenient. Be consistent sis, you won’t regret it.
5. Prayer. I have come into this nursing journey super prayerful. Prayer is my favorite strategy. It prepares me, provokes me, & is the biggest key to success in my life. So stayed prayed up, I promise, it makes a difference.