Being a new mom is such an amazing journey, full of ups and downs, challenges and rewards. From breastfeeding to sleep schedules it’s a kind of a ‘learn as you go’ type of thing. After being pregnant for what seems like a lifetime and going through labor and delivery, when they finally lay that sweet baby on your chest, nothing else matters. Time seems to stand still. Sometimes I wish I could freeze that moment in time forever!
New Mom life
Well, now here you are with this new beautiful miracle that you made and now real life hits. You are responsible for every aspect of their little lives, and the first step is breastfeeding. A beautiful new journey. I have been on both sides of the spectrum and have learned so much through that, so I would love to share what I have learned.
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Some of the challenges I have faced with breastfeeding were; latching, exhaustion, and milk supply. My labor and delivery was very hard and when my son was born he struggled to latch. We seemed to try everything and it took a while to get it right.
The next challenge we faced once we mastered the latch was exhaustion. Waking up to feed every hour for as long as he wanted, then burping him and changing his diaper was taking it’s toll on me. It seemed like a never ending cycle! The last challenge we faced, and continue to face was milk supply.
Once we seemed to get the hang of things, it seemed to be smooth sailing, then stresses in life came around and just as quickly as my milk supply came in, it seemed to dwindle. It was something I had no idea that could happen. Just like anything in life that comes with challenges, you will always find a solution.
Some of those solutions could be:
- Consult a Lactation expert
- Supplemental Nursing System
- Change of diet
- Mother’s Milk tea
- Power Pumping
- Formula feeding
Rewards of Breastfeeding
While going through the challenges of breastfeeding I have found that the benefits outweigh the struggles. The rewards that come with breastfeeding include the ability to bond with your baby, hormones leveling out quicker, and that it is so nutrient dense and healthier for Baby. Just like everything else with breastfeeding I underestimated the level of closeness you feel to your little one when you are feeding them from your breast.
I discovered that when you breastfeed your uterus can shrink back down to its normal size quicker, and the hormones will even out. I also think it is mind blowing that breast milk is the perfect food for little ones. They get everything they need from your breastmilk personally formulated just for them, and it helps them fight off illness. Nature is a wonderful thing!
Stay Strong Mama
The challenges of breastfeeding might seem daunting, but I promise if you stick it out for a while, there are far more rewards. It doesn’t even have to be exclusive breastfeeding, but any little bit will help keep our little ones healthy and strong. I encourage you to be open minded, and determined. In the end it will work out to benefit you and you’re little one. Don’t let the challenges of breastfeeding get you down!
Did (or do) you have troubles breastfeeding? I’d love to hear your solutions in the comments below!