Mothers experience difficulties in breastfeeding due to a multitude of reasons, be it stress, lack of supply, incorrect latching etc.
I wanted to make sure that my breastfeeding journey was as smooth as possible.
Taking care a newborn baby is in itself an enormous task, and I don’t want to be stressed out about feeding too.
Prior to the birth of my firstborn, I decided to read up more about breastfeeding and it was the best thing I could have done for my baby and myself!
I am thankful to be able to breastfeed my baby exclusively. He feeds very well and has gained close to 100% of his birth weight at only 2+ months old.
Here I would like to share some of my tips for a successful breastfeeding start that can be done anytime prior to the birth of your baby:
Tip 1: Join Online Support Groups
I never realised this before being a mother, but there are many helpful groups on Facebook that provide support on various topics, including mummy and breastfeeding groups.
If you are a Malaysian mummy, you would definitely want to join TBAN (The Breastfeeding Advocates Network) on Facebook.
Reading about other mummies’ questions and answers helped me immensely – my knowledge went from 0 to at least 50% from that group of 114k members strong.
Tip 2: Read a Breastfeeding Book
The more you read, the more you know, the less stressed you are, the smoother your breastfeeding experience would be.
Reading about other mummies’ experience and what worked for them can sometimes more anecdotal than factual. What works for one might not work for another.
I highly recommend my breastfeeding bible. This book is written by a doctor who is the leading researcher in the field of breastfeeding.
I have provided a summary in a previous post.
This is so helpful because you tend to get a lot of unsolicited advice, especially during the first few weeks post delivery.
And because this book is written by a leading researcher, I trust that what I read and know are facts and not just other people’s opinion. It makes me feel more confident about my knowledge and hence be brave enough to stand up for what I think is right.
Tip 3: Be Optimistic
It is easy to be afraid that for one reason or another that you are not able to breastfeed your baby.
As new mothers, we tend to over-worry about this because so many others suffer the same fate.
Unfortunately, this is a vicious cycle because the more you worry, the more stressed and emotionally affected you are which might ultimately reduce your supply.
According to Dr. Jack Newman, the majority of women are perfectly capable of producing all the milk their babies need for at least four to six months. Most women are capable of feeding twins or even triplets. Only a small number of women truly do not produce enough milk for their babies. These women can still breastfeed, just not exclusively with their own milk.
So, if you follow my tip #1 and especially #2, along with a positive mindset, there is a higher chance of you enjoying your breastfeeding journey.
Trust that you are able to breastfeed.
I hope that the above has given you some idea of what you can do to prepare yourself for this amazing experience called breastfeeding. The bond that you are able to develop with your baby, and also the feeling knowing that you are able to provide for your little one is irreplaceable.
The bond that you are able to develop with your baby, and also the feeling knowing that you are able to provide for your little one is irreplaceable.
I am a firm believer that knowledge is power in breastfeeding. If you know what to expect, then you can prepare for it better.
Good luck mummies!
Till next time! xoxo