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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tips for My 3 Biggest Challenges with Breastfeeding

Tips for My 3 Biggest Challenges with Breastfeeding 
If you follow regularly, you know that I have an upbeat writing style and always try to share my happiness.  You may be surprised to know that I did not enjoy pregnancy.  I vomited, vomited, and vomited throughout my pregnancy. I have my two wonderful children and never want to be pregnant again. Ever. So, what about breastfeeding? I have been happy to no longer have morning sickness. Breastfeeding has been a breeze compared to pregnancy for me. However, I have to admit that I have a love-hate relationship with breastfeeding.  I love knowing that I am giving my babies advantages by breastfeeding. However, breastfeeding has also been rough at various times.  In today's post, I'll share tips for the three biggest challenges that I encountered and how I pushed through and am now able to reflect on how I successfully breastfed both of my children for more than one year.

1. Sleeping Deprivation is hard when everyone says, "You are the only one that can feed him."

Sleep deprivation is cruel.  In terms of history, sleep deprivation has been a form of torture. It's weird that my precious little babies came into this world and threw me into a spiral of sleep deprivation. I struggled. I really struggled.   With both of my children, my husband constantly repeated, "You wake up because you are the only one that can feed him."  Ummm, yeah...   I fell for this line until I reached the point of exhaustion. I literally passed out on the floor one day from exhaustion. My body couldn't keep up. There had to be another way.  What finally worked was using an electric breast pump and having my husband give bottles to our baby during his part of the "night shift." It's crazy that I waited so long to do this. My insurance company covered my breast pump at 100% and it was just sitting in a box waiting for me to discover how valuable it was to help me during my breastfeeding journey.  Simply pumping extra milk during the day allowed me to sleep extra at night. It's so easy, but when you are new to breastfeeding, it may seem intimidating. I wish that I would have used it sooner.

2. Dealing with clogged milk ducts is a nightmare.

I gave birth to two children. That pain was nothing compared to clogged milk ducts. Who even knew that this was a thing?  It's oh-so-cruel.  It turns out that when you finally get to sleep enough and don't feed your baby or pump often enough, you sometimes get a clogged milk duct.  Once that happens, you need to try as hard as possible to get your baby to eat, pump, apply a warm hot water bottle, and just hope that it unclogs sooner than later.  It's extremely painful.    My tip for this is to be careful to feed and/or pump on a regular schedule so that you are never overly full.  A secondary tip is to be extra cautious if your baby is sick or teething and not eating as much as usual. My clogged milk ducts generally occurred when my babies were teething and didn't want to eat as much.  You really want to be proactive to prevent clogged milk ducts so that breastfeeding is more comfortable.

3. Dress in trendy clothing, including comfortable nursing tops.

I found that setting a goal to breastfeed for at least X weeks or months was helpful for me. I initially decided that I would try for 6 weeks whether I liked it or not and then reassess if I wanted to quit or keep going.  It was tough at first, but I found it easy after six weeks. I then set another goal to breastfeed for one year.  This was really helpful to me. Once I committed to breastfeeding for one year, I invested in my goal by buying new bras and tops to wear throughout the year.  That investment was important to me because it made me feel more accountable that I was dedicating myself to this goal. It was also important because I needed clothing that was both stylish and functional.  Nursing bras and tops make a big difference!   There are really cute nursing tops out there too. For instance, let me share a couple that I love from Momzelle.  This trendy shop is perfect for moms that want to look nice while also feeling comfortable. Let me share a couple of examples.

The first top is the Alice top.  Let me share the details:
Product Details
- The sleeves are raglan which offers great comfort and style.
- Features a beautiful draped neckline.
- Designed to flatter the post-partum figure.
- Breast openings ensure discreet and comfortable breastfeeding experience.
- Comfortable feel and sleek look.

Fabric & Care
95% Rayon, 5% Spandex.
Machine wash cold, lay flat to dry.

This shirt is super comfortable and makes it easy to discretely feed my baby.  The designer put a lot of thought into this design because it really flatters my postpartum body with the draped neckline and slightly loose fabric.   I feel so pretty in this top!



The second top is the Jessica top. Let me share the details:
Product Details
- This beautiful nursing tank top features a clasp that offers an easy breastfeeding access with an invisible nursing opening.
- Designed to flatter the post-partum figure.
- Breast openings ensure discreet and comfortable breastfeeding experience.
- Comfortable feel and sleek look.

Fabric & Care
95% Rayon, 5% Spandex.
Hand wash only, hang to dry.

This top is dressier because of the fabric and trendy design.  This is great to wear to work.  Again, the designers at Momzelle really focused on a nice design to flatter my postpartum figure while also making it easy to discretely nurse my baby.




In summary, breastfeeding has posed challenges to me, but it is an amazing feeling to push through those challenges and feel the sense of accomplishment of nursing my babies for over one year.  I've passed the one year mark with my youngest baby and am still nursing him twice/day while he also eats solids. It has been an amazing experience and I feel so lucky to have made it this far.  I hope that by sharing my honest experience, it helps other moms!

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