Breast Feeding- Is it right for me?
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How do/did I feel about Breast Feeding before the course?
I never really knew if I wanted to breastfeed, and I am going to be completely honest with you. I am still not sure if I want to or not. IT’S A LOT OF WORK. If someone would have asked me a while back if I wanted to some day breast feed, I would have said “no, not really”. It’s not that it scared me, or even that it was a lot of work. I just didn’t/don’t have the passion to do so.
Reasons why I didn’t want to:
- No motivation to do so. I know the benefits of breast feeding, but plenty of baby formulas have been doing the trick for so long for women that can’t or choose not to breast feed. Every mom is different.
- Scared it’s going to hurt. I have VERY sensitive nipples. Just the thought of a baby latching onto them is very hard for me to overcome. So I guess somewhat scared in a way.
- The work load of doing it. Like being on a schedule and exposed. We have a lot of people and friends that are so excited to see him, but with all the pressure and people coming in and out, I just don’t want to share him, and if I have to, I don’t want to expose myself in that way and I want to be able to have that one on one time with him.
I was reading breast feeding tips on Pinterest, and came across this blog that was offering a e-course on breast feeding. It was one of the decently priced ones, and it looked like one of the most informal I had come across. Another plus side was the course was only an hour and a half long in time.
The course was EXTREMELY knowledgeable and very forward with outlining the pros and cons, the facts, how a baby is suppose to latch, how long you can store breast milk for, power pumping, pumping in general, diaper output, weight output, family support, and a whole lot more.
I really did enjoy it. I enjoyed it so much that I actually printed out the master class notes for the course just to have them on hand to study and refer back to. Going into this I had NO idea what to expect or do for breast feeding. All I knew was the benefits, but never knew the facts or how to go about it or do it. And for all the people that say it’s natural, well it might be to some of you, but to others it’s not! So don’t judge me.
You can click on the heading above to take you to their website or find the link below.
Things I did not know about breast feeding, that I learned!
- Lactation explained and how it works.
- Colostrum is ENOUGH to feed the baby until your milk comes in.
- Milk will come in 2-5 days after birth.
- Take more milk, the more milk you will produce!
- FEED ON DEMAND! You can give them the boob at any point and you will never overfeed. This was one of my fears.
- When breast feeding, try to avoid pacifier use.
- Breast size does not indicate how much milk you will produce.
- Wake your baby to feed.
- If baby has a good latch, there will be no pain.
- Tricks to get baby to latch, like expressing milk onto the boob and trying to coerce them.
- Laid back position is the best position to try when new to breast feeding, with skin to skin contact
- How to use hand expression.
- You can pump right after if baby did not drain the boob. Or pump in between feedings.
- How long to store milk.
- Diaper output and weight. (How much they should be going)
- The nine stages of a newborn
- Tips to wake baby up to eat.
- Weaning tips
- Stuff to consider purchasing for breast feeding.
Breast feeding protects not just the baby, but you, mama, you too. It helps protect against: anemia, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, etc. It’s beneficial to the family, you get a average of 45 minutes more of sleep while breast feeding. Also helps you lose that baby weight a little faster, and increases birth heal time.
I learned SO much from taking this course.
How I feel now, after taking the course.
I feel a little more confident. I still want to go back and read my notes constantly, he’s not here yet, so I have time to memorize if I need to! A part of me still wants to just pump exclusively and bottle feed. Another part of me, really does want to try.
I will say that my whole perspective of birth has changed my entire pregnancy. When I first got pregnant, I figured since all my bad luck, and what my mom went through when she was pregnant, and with ALL the problems that I have had this pregnancy that I would end up with a c-section, worse case scenarios, I probably wouldn’t be able to breast feed, and just a bunch of hokey stuff I could think of.
Now I am at the finish line and I want to have a natural birth, and that’s what I am lined up for. My body is at a wonderful weight, my baby is amazingly healthy, I’m already dilating and effacing, and I feel okay. Now I want to give breast feeding a try. I’m trying to cram as much knowledge in as I can so I hopefully can be successful. This course has definitely helped with the confidence.
I really do feel good after taking this course. I feel confident, and knowledgeable about breast feeding and I think I am ready to take it on when he gets here in 2 weeks. Worse case scenario, he won’t latch or I won’t produce enough milk, or maybe he will have an allergy. Who knows! I can’t be scared of the unknown, but I can still TRY!
I have a really nice pump I got, and I can put it to use either way! If you want to check out the pump I have it’s the ‘>You can find it here or click on the image! They normally run sales on Amazon more than their website! I watched my best friend use this pump for a whole year after her first born and I HAD to have the same one. I was so intrigued by the kind of pump she had.
Bonuses that come with the Milkology Course:
- You get the Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide, with tips and tricks on what to do in certain breast feeding situations.
- You get the Little Black Book of Breastfeeding Secrets! 50 secrets is GREAT for a beginner like me!
- They also offer discounts on more of their courses!
If you want to check out their courses you can go HERE!
Thanks for reading. Any feedback or advice is totally welcome!