The first month of breastfeeding is when you’ll find your feet as a new mama. Although you probably already know that you’ll face some challenges, one thing is for sure: if you’re not prepared for them, you’ll give up before even starting out. Looking for some tips to conquer those first few weeks? Here are some golden nuggets of wisdom.
Tips to help you through the first month of breastfeeding
1. Accept that the first month will be tough
You’ve got to be mentally prepared for the challenge when it comes to acing the first month of breastfeeding. You’ll probably be exhausted in the beginning, and your nipples might hurt a LOT. Perhaps your breasts will be engorged, or you might not be producing enough milk. You’ll feel like all you do is nurse. All of these things might happen, or it might go REALLY well for you.
2. Set a goal
If you’re set on succeeding with breastfeeding, it’s essential to set a timeframe for how long you’d like to do it and not quit until you reach your goal. Yes, breastfeeding is challenging, but there are so many approaches you can use to overcome those challenges. Give yourself three months and all the possibilities. If you cannot overcome the challenges even with all the alternatives, you can honestly say you tried your best.
3. Please remember to eat and drink often
It’s important to guzzle as much water as possible and keep up your calorie intake because you’ll be zapped of energy and have decreased milk supply if you don’t. This is no time to be worrying about your weight. Stick to a healthy, balanced diet and never underestimate the power of water!
4. Get to grips with the demand and supply system
Your milk supply will naturally ebb and flow. If you’re on your period, your supply will drop. Things like caloric intake, sleep and stress also have a major impact on your supply. Did you know that just 2-5% of all women actually can’t produce enough milk to feed their babies? Don’t quit because you fear you’re not giving your baby all the milk they need; you’re probably doing just fine. If you’re really concerned about your supply, there are a lot of things you can do to boost the volume up.
5. Do your homework when it comes to boosting milk supply
Some foods like oatmeal can help boost your milk supply. But so can taking supplements like Fenugreek and even prescription meds from your doctor. It’s important to research these things BEFORE the baby is born and try as many of them as possible if you start experiencing issues with your supply.