Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms!

Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms!

Breastfeeding


I know the feeling all too well.

You’re frustrated, baby won’t latch, you feel like you haven’t gotten a minute to yourself in weeks.

You’re overly exhausted, and baby needs more food… all night long you feed..your boobs are filled with milk or maybe not filled enough.. nipples hurt ahhh!

How will you keep going on like this? Will you ever shower again…

the answer is yes! You can do it momma, and if you’ve tried it all and can’t, don’t feel obligated to. Fed is best! You’re doing great.

I was terrified to breastfeed

We did skin to skin for an hour after J was born and I felt this instant connection with my son. For that hour we bonded, and even at minutes old... he was searching for my boob! (I really like saying boob so much better then breast...hopefully no one is offended.

It was always my plan to breastfeed baby J, so even when it got REALLY difficult… and let me tell you, sometimes it was really hard. I tried my best to stick it out. I was lucky enough to only have problems for the first few months.

It will get better!!!

It’s true, I don’t know how long…

but it will get better. I kept seeing this everywhere  when I was looking for advice and to be honest I don’t really know if it helped or not. I think it can never hurt to try. So many times when J wouldn’t stop crying or when he couldn’t latch correctly I thought-this will never get any easier.

“Don’t cry over spilled milk.” Or do, if it’s breast milk.

{ I know you can relate}

There might be roadblocks

When J was born he was 7lbs 6oz which was way bigger than any of us thought he’d be! In the hospital I felt confident about our feeding, I really recommend to use the lactation consultants!! Their amazing, and so helpful. I was somewhat sure I had breastfeeding figured out. But once I got home, that wasn’t the case. J was dropping weight, even a couple weeks after birth.

We then were put on a STRICT schedule of waking him to feed every 2 hours (pumping after that) and feeding the bottle. He did gain weight this way and it really helped with getting feeding down! We also visited a Lactation Consultant again (She said J was actually feeding well, it worked as a good brush up & confidence boost)

After all though, it did in fact, get easier! Now baby J is One and it’s not even something we think twice about. He can very easily latch on his own, and my milk supply is very evened out, it’s just a normal part of every day. Seriously he could latch onto my breast upside down (yes he’s tried)

Take the help

Did you hear me?… Take the help!

Don’t forget that as a momma, you need to give yourself the time of day. Brush your teeth and hair, eat a meal (hey eat 2 meals), and accept whatever help you are offered. If you’re offered a shower so that you’re swollen boobs can relax, T A K E I T.

So many times, Marc would feed me ice cream or dinner just so that I could continue to breastfeed J. {lucky gal=me} It really meant a lot to me to have a good group of people around me. Between my family and Marc’s I’ve had a lot of help around.

For the longest time I wouldn’t accept help from anyone else besides Marc, and I was so exhausted. Not always was someone around of course, but when you’re exhausted and worn out; Even a pee alone can help. So if someone is offering to help… T A K E I T.

Do Your Research

I’m a pinterest and google queen, need a deal let me check Amazon really quick for you.

This isn’t necessary for everyone, it might even fit into the ‘ask for help’ section. However, I LOVE to do my research on things that influence my life. I’m an “overachiever” in that way I guess.

On the same token there is only so much you can do before actually having your baby and breastfeeding. Try to breathe Momma you’re doing great, if there are dads reading this… just do your best to listen and help where you can & GET SNACKS HURRY.

One thing I’d really recommend is, Lanolin Cream the hospital actually provided this to me and it was amazing! You can put it on before and after breastfeeding so it’s totally safe for baby (HUGE plus on my Parent Points scale…)

Helps with the rawness, especially if there is trouble with latching. J in the beginning had a hard time staying latched (he would get super sleepy).



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Baby J’s Favorite Books!

Baby J’s Favorite Books!

During the 30 day blog challenge, I felt inspired to share more of baby J’s favorites.

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J’s Favorite Books

So Big!

So Big! Perfect childrens book for ages 6 months - 12 months (more or less really) baby J has been "reading" this since 4 months. It was even passed down from Little A!
Baby J has been looking at So Big! since he was four months old. He loves the ‘surprise’ pop- up of Elmo at the end. It has really helped with his first set of words. Like Ma-Ma and Da-Da. He loves to throw his hands up for “So Big“. I recommend this one, by far one of my favorites!
Parent Points score- 5/5!!

Baby Einstein Neptune’s Friends Book, Box and Plush.

Neptune's Friends book, Box and Plush. A great book for a year and beyond. Interactive plush and book with sounds included.
J got this for Christmas, Neptune is the name of this cute little guy. The book that comes along with it, has a sound for each friend you meet along the way. It’s very “baby Einstein” Esque. It has just a few pages which can be on either end of the pro’s and con’s. Baby J does interact when I am reading this to him. Thumbs UP,
Parent Points score- 4/5

Find the Teddy

Find the teddy, an affordable "peek a boo" type book. You find teddy in different places, the end is a goodnight sequence. Perfect for a bedtime story!
Find the Teddy is also a duplicate from the 30 day blog challenge. However, Baby J didn’t like it near as much then as he does now at a year + old. He is beginning to point to the teddy in the book . Which is so exciting, I was wondering how long this book would stay! It ends with goodnight which is perfect for our long book reading bedtime routine.
Parent Points score 4/5 (I recommend ages 7 months and up)
“$ Looks like it’s a GREAT price right now!!”

Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see? A CLASSIC children's story. Very easy to catch on to the pattern and really encourages kids to start reading at even young ages.
This was Little A’s favorite when she was younger. It’s a super easy book to catch on to what is coming next. Now baby J is learning to appreciate it too! It works perfect for little ones like J or even those beginning to read like A. When she[A] first started learning, the images and the repetitiveness of this book really did wonders. On the same token if you are annoyed by the same song and dance just different music, this might be one for kids room only. CLASSIC
Parent Points Score 4/5




I really enjoy reading with the kids. We spent a lot of Winter Break reading books that the kiddos got for Christmas. Little A has just gotten into reading on her own, sometimes with a little help from me. I am waiting to post her list until it’s more finalized, have you tried getting a “final answer” from a six year old? Yeah it’s not easy guys!

What books are your little ones into? I would love to hear more recommendations! Do you like the Parent Points score? Let me know in the comments.

Happy New Year everyone!

What are your Favorite Children’s Books? Day 17 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge.

What are your Favorite Children’s Books? Day 17 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge.

Baby J has a few books he really likes. I’m not sponsored or anything but I will share the link to a spot you can buy the books I list.

Your Favorite Childhood book!

Day SEVENTEEN of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

When I asked Marc this, he thought more advanced books, I immediately thought childrens. Especially since I’ve started a bed time routine with J. We read a few (okay like five or six) books and calm down so that he knows it’s time to sleep.

What are you favorite children’s books?

  So Big!Is one of J’s Favorites for sure, I’ve been reading it to him since he was six months old. I feel like it really helped with Mama and Dada, it’s also helping still, he smiles so big when we read it! Such a happy guy.

I really wish I had this set of books but baby J has two favorites in here! Bubbles Bubbles I think is his second fav, next to So Big! He is trying to say bubbles right now, he will boycott sleep some nights and you hear him saying mama ‘bubbles bubbles’ in J talk.

The other book in this set that J adores is Nighty Nite, he LOVES elmo. Little A passed down many elmo things to J and he always smiles at Elmo. This book says comforting words and is perfect for building a routine. I usually read it last.

Another one that I think he’s beginning to enjoy is Find the Teddy It has you look for teddy, hide and go seek style. It’s a good ‘mood booster’ when he has the bedtime blues. We all should know by now J hates bedtime.

Is there any books your kiddos love? Share in the comments below!

Need to catch up on the past 31 Day Blog Challenges?

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