Wow I can't believe that in less than one week Mason will be one. What's more unbelievable to me is that I have been nursing him until this time. With Kenzie I stopped around 9 months because she was not taking the milk I was pumping at work and being stubborn with formula and bottles in general. Since Mason is taking bottles with some aversion to formula, I didn't mind pumping at work until this time. Plus as the months passed and I kept saying I would stop, I just kept going because it became less and less time towards the one year mark when he can technically switch to whole milk.
Here is how I successfully have been nursing for almost a year:
- If you are unsuccessful in getting your latch with the help of the lactation consultant at the hospital, do invest in a private session. I was in so much pain and trauma trying to feed Kenzie and getting the correct positioning. However, after searching out a private lactation consultant at the hospital, we were on our way!
- Buy tubes of Lansinoh Lanolin. Your cracked nipples will thank you. It's safe for the baby to feed with this on so liberally use.
- Make sure to stay hydrated with tons of water. This will help with the "build up" of milk and I always felt "fuller" when I consumed lots of liquids.
- Eat steak. With Mason, I ate a lot of steak. He was always in the 90+ percentile until he started becoming more mobile. My milk supply kept up with his ravenous feedings and I believe this may have been because of the iron and protein from the steak. Hubs made steak at least 3x a week and we had other meats in between.
- Don't be scared of formula. After giving birth to Mason, I don't know if it's because he was a boy and my hormones were all different than with Kenzie, my milk supply didn't come in at the hospital. I had no hesitation in taking those 2 oz formula bottles to supplement his hunger. Plus it got him used to the bottle nipple. There has not been any issues with nipple confusion. Kenzie, on the other hand, was on the boob 100% from birth and didn't catch on to the bottles since I didn't introduce them to her until much later. Spoon feeding an infant milk was not very easy for my mother in law.
- Invest in a good pump. I didn't really know much when I had Kenzie and my knowledge was, if it costs more, it must be the best. However, the pump I chose has been fantastic and I have used it for both kids. I just bought new parts and it was good to go. I love the portability and I can even pump while walking around the mall - seriously.
- Get good storage bags to store the precious milk. I just write the date, toss into freezer and then send off to my mother in law.
- Breast pads. These stink in general but I like the Lansinoh ones because they have a fold to them and are large. I tried to go without and let's just say it's like a wet t-shirt contest that no one wants to look at.
- Nursing Cover. Get a large nursing cover with a sturdy neckline to see your feeding babe. I love the Bebe Au Lait covers because they are easily tossed into the wash to clean and roll up small for your diaper bag. I could never pull off whipping my boob in public to feed so a cover is a must.
- A nursing pillow will save your back. Dr. Brown's Gia Angled Breastfeeding pillow keeps baby angled to help in digestion and will reduce reflux. It's stylish and functional plus has a cover that you can wash!
Lastly, just keep trying and ask for help if you need it. If you get a great latch and babe is full, super duper! If it doesn't work for you and you've exhausted all your remedies, don't fret. Formula is fine too :) Happy Feeding!
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