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Thanks to recent studies, we know how beneficial breastfeeding is to both mom and baby. However, many new moms feel overwhelmed by the amount of information there is on the subject and sometimes don’t know where to turn. It’s always best for moms to consult with their doctors, doulas, or lactation consultants for the most up to date information. In the meantime, it’s still good to learn about breastfeeding and your body to make the most of your experience! Follow the ABCs of breastfeeding for some quick go-to information when nursing for the first time.
A – Accessorize – Breastfeeding is not an easy feat and to help make breastfeeding comfortable, there are many accessories to invest in that are helpful for both mom and baby and can also aid in maximizing milk supply.
Some of our favorite accessories include:
B – Breast Health – Breastfeeding can be difficult for moms who experience soreness, discomfort, and other breast issues, but that doesn’t mean you should give up! It will get better and you can do it!
Learn to recognize the different issues that could come up like engorgement, plugged ducts, and sore nipples. Once you know what issues you are dealing with, it’s easier to find remedies to soothe and provide relief. An important aspect of maintaining breast health is getting fitted for a supportive nursing bra. Those breasts are going through a lot, so treat them well! And if you’re battling excess milk supply or breast tenderness, keep warm/cool packs on hand to reduce swelling and provide soothing relief.
If you experience discomfort and it lasts longer than a few days, check in with a doctor or lactation consultant as your baby may not be latching properly. Remember, it’s okay to supplement if you need too, just keep in mind Breastmilk is best…even if it’s a few drops!
C – Confidence – Always remember to remain confident, you can do this! Seek support from other moms and lactation consultants if you have questions. Keep in mind that lactation consultants are often available for free consultants in maternity wards if you need them! Even if you must pay for a lactation consultant, it’s worth every penny. Surround yourself with positivity and don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. We’re all in this together!
In closing, here are a few of my personal faves!