After going through the breastfeeding process twice, there’s a few tips I wish I knew ahead of time. My first son I breastfeed for 15 months and my second well, we are still on the journey. During my first and second, I learned to enjoy my time feeding baby and hope to help others who wish to breastfeed. Here are 5 tips I came up with that helped my journey and I hope for them to help yours as well:
Patience – being calm and patient allowed me to relax with my baby. This also allowed me to enjoy the time I had feeding Baby. The more relaxed I became the more milk I produced, after feedings I eventually able to pumped what baby didn’t eat!
Breastfeeding Pillow – This can be anything from a regular pillow to ones made exclusively for breastfeeding. I used “My Brest Friend” for both kids. I loved the way it clipped around my waist and gave both baby and I support, it was perfect for breastfeeding.
Nursing Cover – Using a nursing cover helped my breastfeeding anxiety in public. I used anything from a muslin swaddle blanket to wraps made for breastfeeding. Even the right loose t-shirts opted for a cover and that was enough. The importance of allowing yourself to go out n’ about as a new Mom is a lot. Breastfeeding shouldn’t stop your freedom.
Nutrition – A healthy balanced diet helped me produce more milk. I also felt I was restricted from more foods while breastfeeding than pregnant. I learned quickly specific foods either didn’t allow me to produce quality milk or would upset the baby’s tummy! To eliminate what foods didn’t work, I created a list of what I ate, how I felt, how it made baby feel, and how I would replace it, if needed. Another reminder was how much calories you burn while breastfeeding your baby. Increasing your food intake is normal and will help increase your milk production too!
Schedule – Stick to a feeding schedule. Not only is routine healthy in any lifestyle, it also helps develop one of the first schedules for your baby. Even though its breastfeeding, think of it as lunch, breakfast, and dinner, as well as snacks. You may also start to produce enough milk to include snacks as milk you pumped after feeding baby nights before!
As I encourage any Mom or Mommy-to-be to breastfeed these are just a few tips that helped me while feeding my two boys. A huge help was investing in a breast pump! A breast pump allowed me to increase my supply as well as keep breast milk safe for baby to eat while I was away. Pumping also gave my husband, grandma, and friends the ability to bond while feeding baby. The Breastfeeding Shop helps Mommies-to-be obtain a breast pump through their medical insurance. They make the process fast and easy. All you have to do is follow the instructions on this form and submit it! I would recommend using this company to help make the breastfeeding process easy and stress free! The mom life was created to be enjoyed, stay positive and strong!
The age difference between my first and second son is almost 3 years. Since I breastfed my first son, It came natural to do so with my second. Even though the age difference isn’t large, the advances in all sorts of baby gear made it hard to reuse the second time around. One of these items was my breast pump! While my first breast pump worked great, it also had seen a lot of love. So once again I found myself shopping breast pumps. This time around, I also was running a lot so I needed one that was convenient for travel. Luckily, I didn’t have to search far as I did with Baby Baby. The Breastfeeding Shop was a one stop, easy and great way to shop the perfect pump!
By offering a variety of breast pumps and accessories, I knew I could find one for the comfort of home and travel. Along with bottles and storage items I would need. Since they work with your insurance company, they help ensure your breast pump is covered. Their expertise is working with Military Moms and Tricare insurance, so that they can receive the top of line breast pumps at no cost.
In order to start the process to your insurance covered breast pump, you will need a prescription. No need to worry though, if you don’t have one yet. The Breastfeeding Shop is able to contact your doctor on your behalf. Once the prescription is available, you are able to fill out this form. In a few easy steps, the claim is processed and the pump is shipped directly to you! The Breastfeeding Shop simplifies the breast pump process and allows Moms-to-be access to the best products.
20 weeks and already feeling so big! At least I’m halfway there =)
I can’t believe I’m already filling out hospital paperwork again. This pregnancy is moving along faster than my first. I guess I just have a lot more to focus on and do. My anatomy scan was this past Friday and everything went well. Little Little is healthy and very active for 20 weeks! The experience is still very exciting and I’m learning something new everyday. Little Little tends to be a night owl and will start their kicks late night until I wake up early morning. I just love those baby kicks! We’ll see how long that lasts in a couple more weeks, lol. Baby Baby is starting to notice my bump and the little changes, he’ll run up and pat it with a huge grin. He’s going to be an amazing big brother.
We plan to announce Little Little’s gender within the next few weeks. I originally wanted to wait but we had so much fun announcing Baby Baby, I figured we’d do something similar =) We do have a lot going on right now so the less I can stress…I’m all about it. Between babymoon plans and daily adventures, I’m trying to take advantage of all the time I can get before Little Little arrives. Especially the time I get with Baby Baby while he’s still an only child!
First kicks arrived this week. Oh, how I’m amazed by how precious life is. I’m going to be a bit honest here. Mav and I originally planned for Baby Baby #2 but took a step back prior to when we thought I could conceive ;p So, when I found I was pregnant last month and not just by a couple weeks, it was a surprise. I found out I was pregnant with Baby Baby March 24th 2013 so about 3 years ago. With Baby Baby, we knew everything down to the day of conception. I feel with Little Little I missed a lot of the first trimester but at the same time skipped the worry. The great thing for me is I don’t do anything that would have made this pregnancy scary health wise such as drinking. I took prenatels because it’s the vitamins I choose to take in general. I run but the doctor wasn’t worried as long as I didn’t start a up a new training schedule. I’m a frequent Disneyland visitor but no wild rides when your bff is 36 inches tall ;p So not a whole lot of craziness, lol.
So back to kicks. It’s amazing, I’m so lucky to be able to journey into motherhood again for the second time. I have to admit when I found out I had so many different thoughts and I really didn’t know how another baby would fit into our lives. I love Baby Baby but to love another just as much and with my whole heart just felt unreal. I know I can now. I feel these kicks and I witness life. How can I love someone I have never met so much? I’m beyond blessed =)
When I was pregnant with Baby Baby as a first time Mom I googled everything, joined every Mommy board possible and took full advantage of each check up. I knew I wanted to breastfeed and that I would need a pump, whether I was producing more for back up supply or if I got a night off. So, when a Mom posted on a board about breast pumps and insurance, I wanted to know more. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a lot of information online and always referred back to that one post. So, when I came across The Breastfeeding Shop a few weeks ago. I knew I had to blog about it!
The Breastfeeding Shop offers a variety of breast pumps and accessories. They work with your insurance company to ensure your pump is covered. They specialize in working with military moms and Tricare insurance so that they can receive the best breast pumps at no cost. All you have to do is check the areas they service and go from there!
The Breastfeeding Shop educates and simplifies the breast pump process; They include the prescription form, insurance form and any additional information a Mommy-to-be may need to ensure they get their breast pump in time for baby! What I love the most is that the shop is a family owned business that believes every mother has the right to choose to breastfeed and have access to a breast pump!