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Monday, May 7, 2012

7th Time is the Charm - Breastfeeding Success!

Before Peter's arrival, I posted a question to find out what is the best breast feeding pillow out there.  From comments and personal e-mails, I decided to ditch the Boppy and try the Brestfriend.  The hospital had the Brestfriend and came highly recommended from the lactation consultant.  Immediately, I knew that this was going to be a great help.  It wraps all the way around my torso and adjusts tightly so that it doesn't slip down.  So even when I doze off and don't hold Peter as close to me as I should, he stays right in place.  It's kind of like a shelf that he lays on while nursing.

That's the adjustable strap on the left side.  You can also see the pocket which I use to hold a rosary and burp cloth.

So while I'm at it, I'll share a bit more of what I've learned from breastfeeding these 7 little blessings.  BEFORE you leave the hospital, consult with a lactation specialist.  Have her come and watch baby latch on...which feels a bit awkward but is tremendously helpful.  She can offer you suggestions to increase your odds of success and reduce any struggles you may encounter along the way.  You can always call later on if you are having difficulties, but it is so convenient for her to come right to your hospital room and share her expertise.

I came across a great product this go 'round. I cannot even begin to explain the relief it gave me those first few weeks.  It is completely safe for baby and doesn't need to be wiped off before nursing.  It's totally worth its weight in gold!

The best nursing bras for your money, in my opinion, are the Bravado brand.  My favorite is the Bravado Original Nursing Bra.  You can do a search on the internet to find the current best deal.  I felt bad spending so much money on underwear, but I live in these things for the first year of baby's life and if I divide the cost over 365 days...it's an easier pill to swallow!  Also make sure to get yourself some quality nursing pads.  Believe me, you'll be glad they're there!

Water, water, water.  I know that you've heard it before, but it simply cannot be overemphasized.  Water is so important to your health and milk supply.  Don't wait to be thirsty to take a drink.  Keep water close by so that you'll be drinking it all day (and when you're up at night) long.  I have found that I like the taste of ice cold water with ice cubes and drink more of it when it is "on the rocks". Stay away from any caffeine.  Even though you may feel like you need something to make it through the afternoon,  it goes through to your milk and will keep baby awake at night.

I'm sure there are other pearls of wisdom I could share, but  Peter is calling me into action.  So, I'm off to another nursing session with my little angel...life is good!

God Bless!

Heather :-)