2 Feb 2012

Breastfeeding: My Essentials


Today I want to share with you my breastfeeding essentials.
Eleven days before baby was born I expressed my worries about not getting enough milk in this post. Well, it turned out that I have plenty of milk. Thank goodness Miss AOI is a good feeder and she loves mum’s special milk.
It took my breasts six weeks to completely adapt to the idea that I need them to feed another human being. I believe preparing myself mentally helped the process be less painful – and I believe I have high tolerance of pain.
Also another thing that helped was watching Simply Breastfeeding dvd during one of our prenatal classes.This is the kind of DVD that best nursing schools should show their students to help their future patients who are new mothers. simply_breastfeeding_dvdIt is the BEST dvd for any new mother who wishes to breastfeed. I learned a lot from it and it boosted my confidence throughout the six weeks. In the dvd Shari talks about her own experience as a new mother taking on the challenge of breastfeeding. As a midwife/lactation consultant she explains professionally the benefits, the challenges of breastfeeding, and demonstrates how to breastfeed successfully. She also says that babies need just few drops of milk a day during the few days of life – that was a big relief for a new mother because you don’t have to worry if your baby doesn’t want to eat every two hours.
Having Shari’s encouraging smile at the back of mind helped me relaxed each time Miss AOI latched and the sensation of chilly on the eyes caught me by surprise.
Miss AOI managed to latch from day one.  But the following day it was painful like having needles in my spine. The following days I bleed but I persisted by running hot water on the nipples and using the nipple nurture balm from FairhavenHealth after each feed to sooth the pain and heal the nipples. It did help a lot – OH, the memory is so sweet, I miss those painful moments because each latch made me feel ALIVE. Now I use the cream to moisturise the areola to prevent dryness and I like the smell because it reminds me of my grandmother’s shea butter melted under the hot Ghanaian sun. I tried the nursing blend breastfeeding supplement but I am not dedicated as I am with the nipple cream. breastfeedingproducts
I take the pills occasionally and I believe if I took it religiously it would be good for my skin and will enrich breast milk – since giving birth my skin is breaking out and I need to take care of post-partum diet {should start eating healthily for myself again and STOP eating peanut butter}. 
Well, that’s me with some of my breastfeeding essentials. I would recommend the above products for those who will like to enjoy breastfeeding.
I DON’T want to lecture anyone but just share with you what helped me enjoy breastfeeding and bonding time with my little girl. Hope you find the beauty of breastfeeding in those products too – please, email me if you need encouragement in this journey called breastfeeding/motherhood, I would love to help.

6 comments:

  1. I remember when I first started to breastfeed my daughter. I was so stubborn. I had no help, and my family was trying to urge me to use formula. Glad I didn't give into them!

    It was painful at first, as you mentioned, but eventually, the nipples harden up and gets used to the idea feeding another human. The other thing is, babies have a very strong suck. My gosh, I know what pain feels like when I have a cut on my nipple and it's feeding time.

    Over all, it's been 3 years, and we're still going--and going. I'm just going to wait for her to wean.

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  2. Breastfeeding was the best choice I have ever made. The say it makes your baby smarter, it is always good for soon to be moms or new moms to read things like this bc it helps encourage them.

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  3. Breast feeding is a simple matter of supply and demand. The more you nurse, the more milk you will have. I've nursed all my kids and was a lactation specialist. Two of my kids are adopted so I have experience with not nursing too and I would never not nurse if I had the chance. Sooo much easier and so fulfilling. I'm glad your baby is getting the benefit. A little tip to keep your nipples from getting sore is to dry off after a shower by rubbing the towel across you breasts. Sounds weird but it really does toughen them up a bit for nursing.

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    1. Great tip. I really enjoyed writing this post and I will follow up with another one and include your tip.

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  4. I'm glad you managed to find something that worked for you and I'm sure other people will find this post helpful too. :)

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  5. i love how there are so many awesome products for mammas!!

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