We asked a few moms what’s the one thing they wish people told them about breastfeeding and this is what they had to say:
Note: the content highlighted in bold will be discussed at the end of the blog
What’s the one thing you wish people told you about breastfeeding:
- Your breastmilk has everything baby needs and there is no such thing as overfeeding.
- The pain that comes with breastfeeding. To be prepared as much as possible and to know that everything does get better. Having a nipple shield as a back up plan since it can help save your breastfeeding journey.
- How time consuming it can be
- How exhausting it can be. Drink more water!
- It get’s a lot easier.
- To eat healthy. Breastfeeding makes you really hungry and if you tend to eat all the wrong things, you will gain unnecessary weight.
- That it doesn’t just come naturally, it’s really hard work in the beginning.
- Your breasts might become larger and that you might get mastitis.
- Growth spurts & cluster feeding
- It won’t always be easy
- It’s not possible for everyone. Fed is best.
- Don’t underestimate the power of breastfeeding friendly clothing.
- Nipple caps are a must.
- To join a breastfeeding support group (whatsapp or Facebook)
- Eat loads of protein! And drink loads of water! Google milk superfoods
- Keep going, after six weeks it gets easier
- It’s not easy, you may battle the first few weeks and that’s normal
- It’s really not easy, but it’s worth it and you will feel like you don’t have enough milk or that it’s not filling, but it is
- It does not guarantee weight loss
- To trust your body. God made it to work exactly how your little one needs it
- That it is so all consuming
- It’s harder than you think
- It’s not easy, it takes learning, commitment and lots of time
- Foremilk and hindmilk
- Breastfeeding is a whole other beast on it’s own. It’s hard and stressful
- It’s going to be painful at first
- To use nipple caps from the beginning
Pain that comes with breastfeeding
Milk coming in pain:
During the first few days while you still have colostrum, your breast will not have a lot of milk, but your baby’s sucking will tell your body to start producing more milk. By day 3 or 4, you might suddenly wake up with warm, hard and full breasts. This is your mothers milk that came in. Your baby might also start breastfeeding more around this time. You can also use a silicone breast pump on the breast your baby isn’t feeding from to help relieve engorgement. Switch the pump as you switch sides to feed your baby.
Breastfeeding is new for your nipples, they are not used to being handled 10-12 times a day for extended periods of time. They might need a week or two to adjust. You can do this by using a really good nipple cream post feeds. My personal best tip: right after breastfeeding, leave a little (like a drop) of breastmilk on your nipple, apply nipple cream heavily on your nipples and DO NOT cover your breast with a bra or shirt for the next 10-15 minutes. Leave your nipples with cream open to dry a bit. This will help with sensitive nipples as keeping them damp with clothing friction will not improve their condition.
Pain while breastfeeding:
You might experience and intense pins and needles sensation for the first two minutes while breastfeeding, this is a trigger for your milk let down. After about two weeks the pins and needles feeling dies down and could disappear completely. You will also get this sensation when your baby cries, when it’s close to feeding time or when your breasts is full.
Other possible factors could be a wrong latch, a clogged milk duct or a clogged milk duct that turns into mastitis.
Dealing with a Clogged Milk Duct or Mastitis
Prevention is better than cure. As soon as you feel a little lump in your breast, sore and warm to the touch with a fever and your baby start being fussy to drink on one side then it might be a clogged milk duct (mastitis). They refuse to drink from that side due to the fact that your milk gets a salty taste. It is still recommended to start them off on that breast, just to help open up that duct, as soon as they get fussy, you can switch them over. The moment your baby is done breastfeeding, go take a warm shower, as warm as you can possibly bear and hand express that breast until your breast feels empty. This will be excruciatingly sore, believe me I have been there, but within 24 hours it was all cleared up and I didn’t need any antibiotics. You can also take My Paid Forte for the pain and fever. The goal is to hand express in a warm shower after Every Single Feeding Session. You will feel as clean as a bar of new soap, but if you want to avoid antibiotics, this is the route to follow.
Eating Healthy During Breastfeeding
You will need an extra of 500 calories per day to keep up with your body’s demand for breastfeeding. There are a few healthy ways to do this, we will post a complete snack series for moms if you want healthy & yummy inspirational ideas using our Yummy Mummy Lifestyle Collagen Protein Shake & bars. You can also snack on a Yummy Mummy Lifestyle Booby Bar if you are looking for something quick and easy.
Growth Spurts & Cluster Feeding
There are a few times during your baby’s life when they will feed considerably more, or just more frequently, but not as long.
Common times for growth spurts are
The first few days at home, then around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months and then again at 9 months. It is completely normal for your baby to drink more during these times and it is not a sign of your baby being hungry because your milk isn’t nourished enough. Your milk will have everything your baby needs. During this time it might just be a good idea to up your calorie intake and replenish your body with all the nutrients it needs. Our Yummy Mummy Lifestyle Collagen Protein Shake can help you do just that!
When Fed really is Best
Breastfeeding is hard and it is a challenge. For some the pain might be unbearable or the stress too much. Having no support system or meddling family members and friends might spoil the experience for you. Some just don’t like the idea of having a baby feed directly from them. What ever your situation, formula is pretty much the most amazing thing on earth! You DO NOT have to feel bad because your baby is formula fed. It’s easy, convenient, both parents can get involved and basically, the worst part about formula is washing bottles. I feel sorry for those mothers who get bashed for formula feeding because motherhood is hard and exhausting enough without co-mothers bashing another mother for what makes her life easier and better. Up until this day you can’t distinguish an adult and what they accomplish in life based on if they were breastfed or formula fed so why not just let a mother be.
Protein, breastfeeding and milk superfoods
Breastfeeding mothers need two to three servings of protein per day, or at least 65 grams of protein per day. Proteins are important for immune and neurological function and are the building blocks for tissues, muscles and bones. Thus protein is vital for both and mom and baby.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Legumes (such as chickpeas) and beans
Nuts & seeds
Apricots & Dates
Breastfeeding does not guarantee weight loss
Unfortunately this is true for many breastfeeding women. Although our bodies use an extra 500 calories (give or take) to produce breastmilk, breastfeeding also increases your appetite. With being preoccupied most of the time, unhealthy snacks are usually the easiest thing to snack on when than hunger monster sneaks up on you. Dieting during pregnancy is not advised, but you can make a bunch of healthy, yummy treats in advance to ensure that the calories you put in actually goes to work instead of turning into fat. Trying to walk as much as you can during your post natal journey will also help shed those last few kg’s of baby weight, it will also release a dose of happy feel hormones and we all could use a bit of that.
Foremilk and Hindmilk
Foremilk is the milk your baby gets at the beginning of a breastfeeding session. This milk usually looks more watery and contains less fat, but a higher lactose content. Foremilk also satisfies your baby’s thirst.Hindmilk, the milk your baby will get towards the end of a breastfeeding session will usually be higher in fat and calories. Hindmilk will also make your baby feel full & sleepy. It is still important for your baby to feed on both breasts during one breastfeeding session.