I’ve been pregnant and/or breastfeeding for over 4 years straight. Sometimes they’ve overlapped.
My breastfeeding journey has been far from easy. There have been many times I’ve wanted to give up, crying , kicking, screaming. Literally. From tongue ties, to low supply, to lactation consultants, to mastitis, to blistered painful raw nipples to allergies and the list goes on. I’ve experienced it all.
But it’s all been worth it to have the precious memories of staring into my children’s eyes as they feel safe, comforted, calm, sleepy, happy, satiated. To hold their tiny, warm bodies, feel their soft, chubby skin, and smell their sweet, baby scent. These memories are the greatest gift anyone could have given me.
Here are my key takeaways for anyone about to start, in the middle of, or has ended their breastfeeding journey:
⭐️ Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
⭐️ Find support either with other breastfeeding moms, lactation consultants, doula, anyone you can share your highs and lows.
⭐️ Relax! It will all be ok. If you’re able to make it work, great! If not, it’s not the end of the world. Fed is best. Your baby’s full tummy and your sanity are more important!
⭐️ Research SAFE bed-sharing. This 💯 saved me. La Leche League has the Safe Sleep Seven that can help get you started.
If you need an ear to share your breastfeeding struggles, or have questions reach out! I’m here to support you in your journey 😊
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