When Jada was born, one of my goals was to breastfeed her. I wasn’t sure how long breastfeeding would last for us, but I wanted to make it to 6 months at least.
Well, we made it! (Cooper photo bomb)
New moms, it does get easier after the first month, I promise. So, hang in there. The pain will subside. The frequency of feedings will decrease. You will get to take a shower again.
I remember feeling like more of a food source than a person when I first wrote about my breastfeeding experience.
But, I knew the benefits outweighed any inconveniences I may initially experience. It’s a selfless act for sure. You gave up your body for 9 months, and if you breastfeed, it’s not solely yours again either!
And, if it doesn’t work for you, that’s okay too. I’m not a breastfeeding Nazi by any means. I hate to see others bashing moms that do not breastfeed when we don’t know the circumstances.
It works for us. And, I’ve come to understand that it’s more than just providing nutrition to your baby. I didn’t realize what a special bond it would create between Jada and I.
We’ve recently tried introducing some “solids” like sweet potatoes, spinach, peas & apples.
She was pretty interested when we were eating, so we jumped on it. And, she really seemed to get it, although a good majority ends up on her bib!
I usually give her solids between 5:30-6 p.m., before her bath. Plus, it gives me a chance to eat dinner too because I can sit her in her new high chair (<–FYI affiliate link). It’s a space saver, and I attach it to one of our dining chairs.
Breastfeeding Questions from Readers:
How to you pump at work?
When I work longer shifts, I build in a 30 minute break, so I can pump. I use the family locker room because it has private changing rooms with outlets. If I’m working a shorter session, than I don’t need to pump and usually feed Jada once I’m done training.
Did your milk supply drop when you started working out harder?
I’m guessing it took a hit, but I feed Jada more than I pump, so I couldn’t really tell the amount. As long as she seemed satisfied, I wasn’t too worried. My biggest problem is not drinking enough water when I’m working or if I’m busy at home with her. When she is going through a growth spurt, or what feels like one, I try to eat more oatmeal.
How do you balance losing the baby weight and eating enough for breastfeeding?
Probably my most common question. The first 5-6 weeks, I didn’t crave a hard workout. I just walked. I ate when I was hungry, hydrated like crazy, and focused on feeding Jada. I was too tired to think about working out. Honestly, the weight did drop off fairly easily because my body was working hard to produce milk and keep up with a newborn, AND I stayed fit throughout my pregnancy.
Now, I eat similar to pre-baby, but I’m more conscious about eating regularly. If I don’t get enough calories, I likely won’t have enough milk. So, in the past where skimping on a meal wasn’t such a big deal, now I think twice. My biggest weakness is after her night feeding, I’m so hungry and usually for something sweet! Gah!
What advice do you have for breastfeeding moms to be?