I would consider myself a well-seasoned breastfeeding mom. I’m on my third child now, and I feel like I’ve nursed a baby pretty much everywhere. Over the years I’ve picked up a few tricks to make breastfeeding a little bit more streamlined, which is especially useful when you have two older kids running around. Here are three tips that might help you too.
1. Get a nursing cover that you love. It’s important to love your cover because you’re going to be seeing it a whole lot. I recommend getting a neutral print so you don’t feel like you’re really sticking out. I am a proud breastfeeding mom, but it’s also a special moment between me and my child so I don’t want to flaunt it too much.
2. Find a baby carrier that you can nurse in. Sometimes when I’m out running errands with all three kids in tow, the baby gets hungry. I’m not always able to drop everything and sit down to feed him. Some carriers and slings are actually pretty easy to nurse in. I found one that I love and now I can just throw a cover on and nurse away while walking around.
3. Pump every day. Not only will it help increase your milk supply, but you’ll also be able to build a little stash up so you can occasionally get a little break. It doesn’t have to be much, either. Pump a few ounces every morning about an hour before baby’s usual first feeding – the early morning hours are when you have the best supply.
I believe that you can live an active lifestyle while still spending the most time you can with your baby, and these three tips can really benefit everyone – no matter what their parenting style. The most important thing to remember is that breastfeeding should be enjoyable for both mom and baby. If for any reason you are struggling, please contact your local La Leche League or a Lactation Consultant for some personalized help.
Do you have any breastfeeding tips to share?