Before Reid was born, I knew I wanted to breastfeed him. For how long? I wasn't sure. Really, I wanted more than anything to make it to a year.
Ultimately, I made it 14+ months breastfeeding. Reid never had formula. Never needed it.
Although, I did have a few sample tubes in the back of the cupboard. I would have used in a heartbeat if I needed to.
Breastfeeding was important to me but not more important than providing my son with food.
So without further ado some advice...
- Do what is right for you. Breast milk or formula or both. Do what works for you.
- Ask for help. Ask for help from the nurses at the hospital. Ask for help from the lactation consultant. Ask for help from your family. Attend a breastfeeding group (I loved going to mine). Call the La Leche Leaque. Ask your pediatrician. Check out kellymom. Ask other moms. If you have a question, just ask. There are a lot of breastfeeding support groups, so look around.
- It hurts. The pain goes away though. Expect sore nipples and uterus contractions while nursing. Random: Nursing made me have to pee... Every single time.
- You will leak. That is about as much fun as it sounds.
- Invest in a few Nursing Tanks. Target carries some nice ones.
- Don't watch the clock. If your baby is fussing and rooting... nurse them. They nurse often for the first few months. Go with it.
- Relax. You and the baby are both learning.
- Water. Lots and lots of water. Drink a glass each and every time you nurse.
- Eat. It is so easy to forget to eat in those first few weeks. Make sure you do.
- Everyone will have a different experience.
- Remember Practice Makes Perfect.
- I talked about breastfeeding during the first 3 months.
- I talked about pumping during the first 5 months.
- I talked about my supply dwindling when I got sick.
- I gave my tips for building a freezer stash (I had 1,500+ oz in the freezer when I went back to work around 5 months old)
- My tips for the working/pumping mom.
- I wrote about my end to breastfeeding and pumping.
- I wrote about all the places that I have pumped.