Breastfeeding was always something I wanted to try when I found out I was pregnant, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and that I would not pressure myself if things didn’t work out as baby being fed and content is best.
Everyone has their own history and opinion on breastfeeding but today I wanted to share 6 items that has made the last few weeks of my breastfeeding journey a little more manageable to enable a good start for my daughter and also my supply
There are places you can buy pre-made ones (-I have been enjoying the Chocolate Chip version from Franjo’s Kitchen) or another option is to try Pinterest with recipes using Brewers Yeast. I decided to buy some in the first case as I did not know if I would have time to be making cookies during the first weeks at home.
I have created a Pinterest Board with some recipes I have found
Whilst your heat bag was your best friend during the final trimester of pregnancy little did I realise how much I would continue to love it – using it to warm up the area to allow easy flow of your milk. Plus it keeps you warm during the late night/early morning feeds during the winter.
Hydration is key to supply, I personally have really noticed the difference when I have not drunk enough water during the day. I make sure I always have a glass of water or water bottle with me at all times.
I truthfully was a little skeptical about this in the beginning but I can see so many different changes alongside other changes I have made to increase my supply. Vitamins are just as important during pregnancy as well as post.
My number one this is support and discussion whether it be my husband or mum who helps me by sitting with me to pass the time or top up my water, to the wonderful lactation consultant who opened my eyes to some tips and tricks to assist me at better feeding and providing for my baby and also to the women who I have got to know over the last couple of weeks in mothers group – everyone has a story and a way of doing things as there is no right or wrong way but you may just find the next thing that can help you.
I would lie if I said I wasn’t starving all the time, it is completely strange as prior to being pregnant I could go all day without eating and then with the Gestational diabetes diagnoses I struggled to each constant and now I am constantly starving. To combat snacking during feeding time I twice a week cut up an arrange of fruit and place into containers that I can grab constantly during the day and night rather than going for the more convienent food like biscuits and muesli bars (don’t get me wrong I have eaten my fair share of tim tams and mint slice biscuits)
Breastfeeding has its ups and downs but at the end of the day a fed and happy baby is what all mothers want whether that would be exclusively breastfeeding, mixed feeding or formula feeding there is no judgement.
These 6 things have assisted with my supply but I can not recommend enough to talk to your local health clinic to make an appointment with a lactation consultant or even your GP who can point you in the right direction.
Do you have any Must Haves to add to this list for breastfeeding mothers?
Please note this is not medical advise just sharing my experience with breastfeeding.