August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Join @taprootphotography as we celebrate this beautiful gift of breastfeeding and baby bonding. Mama and Baby Mini Sessions for just $125 are available during the entire month of August! See the last photo for details or visit taprootphotos.com/loyalfan. Book online today, spots are limited!
For all who ask: yes I'm still breastfeeding! The stresses that come with motherhood include making sure your baby gets all the nutrients she needs for this most important period of growth in her life. One article says whole milk is required for fat content, calcium, vitamin D, and essential minerals. One says baby tums can't process animal protein. One says milk drains calcium from your bones and the high cholesterol causes heart disease, and then I saw the words "prostate cancer" ???!!! Now soy causes cancer???!! I'm torn. I give a little @strausmilk cow, soy and almond but to save the headache (AND THE $$$) I just breastfeed. Mother's milk has it all and it's all good stuff !!! Live antibodies to protect against allergies, asthma, obesity, ear infection just to name a few. Not to mention my bod.... I can eat all I want and it's going to someone else's thighs! ❤️🤱❤️
Let us kickstart celebrating breastfeeding awareness month by learning from your breastfeeding stories. Breastfeeding is a very personal journey as each of us have our own challenges and little wins.
I'll start by sharing my own breastfeeding experience. Right before I gave birth to my twins, I have done my fair share of researching about different positions of latching and ways to increase my milk output. I was worried that I would never have enough milk for not just 1 but 2 babies. On the day I gave birth, both babies latched almost immediately but I had no milk yet. I was assured by my pedia that the milk will come in a few days so I just kept latching and pumping right after. I admit that those days were very stressful because I felt like I couldn't provide my babies the milk that they needed. I felt like a failure at this most basic task that I had to do. Good thing that my pedia advised me to kept trying and inspired me that I can do it. I was also advised to rest because if the body is too tired, it would not be able to produce milk as well. I hired a special nurse to help me take care of the babies so I can rest. After a good night's sleep, I woke up feeling relaxed and then the miracle happened. I had a lot of milk to latch and even to pump afterwards. My supply kept building up because I was religious in pumping. Since I had a difficult time latching both babies, I had to rely on pumping. There was a time that I pumped 14x a day. I was able to continue breastfeeding them until 1.3 years old. I was also thankful that some friends donated their milk supply until I built my own stash.
Looking back on my breastfeeding experience with the twins, here are my learnings:
1. Rest, eat welll, and sleep. You need a healthy and well-rested body and mind to produce nutitious milk.
2. Don't be shy to ask for help. Friends and family and often more than ready to lend a hand.
3. Keep a positive and sress-free attitude. These positive vibes will increase your supply.
Comment below on your own challenges so we can all learn from each other.