August is National Breastfeeding Month, and for many new moms and soon-to-be moms, it’s a topic you can never talk about enough.
When I asked the moms at our breastfeeding support group to share their top 5 tips for getting off to a great start with breastfeeding, they came up with even more.
Most moms said getting started with breastfeeding is the hardest thing they have ever done and were thrilled to share what they’ve learned with others.
We hope these tips will help you in those first days and weeks when breastfeeding is so new.
- Learn to accept help, and ask for what you need. You’ll need help with cooking, dishes, laundry, shopping and cleaning.
- When problems arise, get help. Call our Lactation Center and find a support group. Being around other moms helps you realize you’re not alone. Many other moms are going through the same thing you are.
- Don’t expect much sleep. You’ve probably heard the stories. And it’s true, some babies really do need to eat every two hours at times.
- You don’t have to be supermom. Put the house on the back burner for a while. Naps take priority!
- Learn everything you can. Go to a breastfeeding preparation class. There is also tons of helpful advice on the internet.
- Nursing tank tops are a lifesaver! These are more affordable and more comfortable than nursing bras for most moms. Our moms love the ones at Target.
- Set up your station. Find a comfortable place to feed where you can leave pillows, your phone, TV remote, drinks, etc. Most moms prefer the sofa.
- Do what you have to do. If you need more privacy while feeding, it’s totally acceptable to send visitors away. Providing what your baby needs is the most important thing right now.
By Connie Carlisle, Certified Lactation Specialist, Brookwood Baptist Women’s Center
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