a few tips & tricks for breastfeeding

One of the first thoughts I had when I first started breast feeding was "Wow! I have new found respect for dairy cows!".  I really didn't think I was going to be so passionate about breast feeding as I ended up being.  Honestly the thought of breast feeding before I had kids sort of freaked me out! But once I started I immediately felt empowered.  How cool is it that we can feed and grow our babies with nothing but milk from our own bodies!?  Especially when they start to get chunky! Oh those thighs!  Simply amazing!
 So a couple things I've learned along the way. 

Drink pineapple juice.  The real stuff, not from concentrate and with no added sugar.  Pineapple juice is a natural anti inflammatory and I swear it helps open up your ducts and get the milk flowing.  

 Consistency is key.  Just keep at it.  I thought I had no milk.  My son was always hungry and when I would pump I would literally get half an ounce from both breasts combined.  I just kept feeding and pumping in between (even if I got nothing) and it took about a week to really build up a good supply to where I could pump extra bottles of milk.

 Take a breastfeeding class.  You will already know some of what they go over in the class, but for me it was nice because I felt like I really had someone on my side supporting me.  It was the extra boost of confidence I needed. 

 And lastly but most importantly trust your gut.  You can listen to peoples advice but you don't have to take it.  I got so much unsolicited advice from EVERYONE.  From everything to when I should be breastfeeding to how long I should be feeding to the ever dreaded age appropriate time to stop breastfeeding.  And while I appreciate people wanting to help sometimes it's just too much.  Only you can make these decisions.  You know your baby best, you know what works and doesn't work for you and your family.  Whether you breastfeed for 1 day or a 1000 days, it's your baby, your body and your choice on how you do it.  So hold your ground and trust your Mommy intuition.

-Written by Mama Tribe blogger, Laura "Laura is a wife, mother and part time blogger. She lives in Southern California with her husband, son and baby #2 is on the way. She's worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years, the last 7 or so as a fashion stylist. Her days are now spent devoted to her growing family and blog "A Styled Life". 
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