Including The 1 Thing Most Women Never Consider
1. Supply & Demand
Essentially, this is the MOST fundamental concept related to breastfeeding. Every time your baby is placed to your breast, your body is receiving a message that says "Make More Milk". We mistakenly; I know I have; miss feeding by supplementing with formula, giving pacifiers, and giving bottles (without pumping) because we think by WAITING, we are allowing our breast to fill up. However, the reverse is true. When we miss feedings, or don't feed on demand, we leave milk in the breast, and this message tells our brain "Make Less Milk".
Lesson: Feed often, feed on demand, don't miss feedings.
2. The Perfect Latch
Breastfeeding should't be painful. We grin and bear. Deal with the suffering. But, it's not suppose to be like this. Although breastfeeding may be uncomfortable in the first few weeks as your body becomes accustomed to the sensation, the experience shouldn't be painful. By ensuring a nice deep latch you're minimizing the pain for yourself, and ensuring your baby can effectively remove the milk from the breast. This leaves him more satisfied longer and will boost your milk volume. This free introductory video series covers a lot of the misnomers and equips you with lots of great information to succeed at breastfeeding.
Lesson: Perfect the way baby latches on to the breast
3. Prepare for Delivery
This is THE most overlooked aspect of breastfeeding and it's obvious why. Unless you're a healthcare professional, the correlation is not immediately obvious. Evidence-based research shows, women that have less MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS during labor recover faster. Medical interventions are, cesareans, drugs and devices used to augment your labor, pain medication, etc. Think about, how alert and aware are you REALLY after having major abdominal surgery? Think about all the medications and fluids you now have in your system, as well in your babies system. Breastfeeding is a science driven by your bodies ability to respond to outward stimuli! Your bodies ability to touch, hold, see, and smell your baby. Your babies ability to see, smell, touch, and taste. All of these senses are diminished when we introduce medications. This is why I caution women again going into labor unprepared. I'm not saying you won't need any interventions. I am saying it's important to keep them in check!
Lesson: Develop a plan for delivery that helps you cope with pain
Need help? Here's FREE training on breastfeeding, creating support, and coping with the pain of labor to ensure a more successful breastfeeding experience.