Successful Breastfeeding Tips: Advice for First Time Moms

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Last Updated on May 3, 2020 by Samantha Flores

It was such a happy time in a mine and my husband’s lives when we found out that our family was growing. To be honest, it was also a little frightening.

When you find out that you are expecting, all sorts of worry and decisions cross your mind seemingly at once. How are you going to announce your news? What kind of crib do you want? Or a bassinet instead? Disposable or cloth diapers? Plastic or glass bottles? Breastfeed or formula?

All of these decisions need to be made by the time your baby enters this world. While it seems like 40 weeks is a long time to have to make decisions, the finish line actually approaches faster than you think.

An extremely controversial topic is the decision on how to feed your baby. In my case, I chose to breastfeed our son and am thankful that I was able to do it. There are a few things to know about breastfeeding: it is HARD, it is exhausting, and it is beautiful.

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Breastfeeding is this natural process that your body goes through to nurture the life that you just gave birth to. With the term “natural,” you would think that it would be easy. For me, this was not the case.

Being a first time mom, I genuinely had no clue how to do it regardless of all the research I did reading books, watching videos, taking classes, and talking with other nursing moms. You have all this information in your mind, but when it comes down to it, your breastfeeding journey will depend on your body and your baby.

Each mom is different and each baby is different.

Breastfeeding Challenges

When my son was born, he had a difficult time latching. Babies have to also learn how to latch and withdraw and there’s only so much you can do to help.

By my son’s third day of life at his newborn pediatric appointment, he had lost a dangerous amount of his birth weight and I felt so discouraged that I wouldn’t be able to continue our journey.

By the time your milk supply comes in (2-5 days after giving birth), you are basically a 24/7 diner. Your newborn’s stomach is very small, therefore, they can’t eat a lot at once and will need to eat frequently.

This is especially rough on mom because you’re recovering from having just given birth, your body is sore, and now your boobs are engorged, leaky, and being put to work by this little being. You will be on demand for the foreseeable future.

It can take months for a baby to become proficient at withdrawing milk as they grow and learn about themselves and how much their body requires.

10 Successful Breastfeeding Tips

Due to my own experience with breastfeeding, I have developed some successful breastfeeding tips that worked wonders for me. I hope they will be helpful to others who are searching for suggestions!

1. Nipple Shield

Because my son had a difficult time latching, one of the nurses on duty the morning he was born recommended to use a nipple shield. It helped him significantly to get a good latch and we had success using the shield until he was about four months old.

There are some mothers out there who say their supply suffered due to using a shield with their child, but I’m just offering a different perspective that it worked for us and I would recommend using it if needed.

2. Set a Goal

There is SO much pressure on moms these days by society and pressure that we put on ourselves. You’re constantly hearing “breast is best” and you have the desire to want to follow this by being able to breastfeed your child. But it’s not for everyone- don’t beat yourself up!

Personally, I set a goal on how long I would breastfeed and if I made it to my goal, I would reassess. My first goal was to breastfeed for two months. Once I met that goal, I decided to try to go to six months. I made it to six months and then I aimed for 10 months.

It’s already hard enough to figure out this mom-ing thing so be realistic with your expectations and do what is best for you and your little one.

3. Fenugreek

Once my supply came in, I struggled a little with keeping up with my son’s demand. It seemed like he wasn’t satisfied for long after feedings. Therefore, I decided to try out Fenugreek per my son’s pediatrician’s recommendation. (Make sure you run this by your doctor before using to ensure it is safe for you to consume).

Fenugreek is a natural supplement that you take a couple of times a day and it helped increase my supply immensely. The only drawback was that it makes you smell like maple syrup (this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it did catch me off guard).

The are other lactation supplements out there too if Fenugreek isn’t something that works for you.

4. Pumping

I have a love/hate relationship with my pump. I’m grateful that it has helped me maintain my supply and gave me a gnarly freezer stash to pull from when needed. But I am ready for the day when I don’t have to use it anymore.

However, I recommend pumping to increase your supply as well as maintain it so that you can get those extra ounces to save for a rainy day. I also liked that I could pump and let my husband bottle feed our son at night so that he also had bonding time with the baby.

Pumps like Willow wearable hands-free electric pump help you increase your supply while allowing you the freedom to complete other tasks. Check with your insurance to see if they will help you cover the expense of a pump.

If you don’t have to pump to increase your supply or to get a freezer stash going, then by all means enjoy the extra time on your hands!

5. Eat Well & Drink Water

I read somewhere that a nursing mom’s appetite trumps a pregnant woman’s appetite. I’m hear to say that this is so true! I’ve never eaten so much in my life until I started breastfeeding.

While breastfeeding, you’re constantly hungry because you’re burning so many calories by producing and feeding your baby. Keep snacks handy and lots and lots of water. You’d be surprised at how thirsty you become after feedings.

I always joke that I feel like a piece of beef jerky after feedings and need to re-hydrate!

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6. Nursing Camisole

There is a lot of talk about buying the right nursing bra to have ready to go to make yourself more easily accessible to baby. While the nursing bras are great, nursing camisoles are a game changer!

They are a legitimate camisole that come in different colors and styles so you can wear them around the house or when you’re out and about. These things really make you accessible when it comes to feedings and you’re not having to fight with a shirt and bra ensemble while your baby screams of starvation.

7. Nurse in public

Nursing in public is definitely a hot topic. Due to all of the scrutiny mothers receive, I shut myself indoors for months with my son. I was afraid to nurse in public for fear of a confrontation from someone and it made me resent my choice to breastfeed.

I went stir crazy being cooped up. Eventually, I got past my insecurities and ventured out after months of isolation. This made me and baby happy to be back in civilization. If you’re able, don’t be afraid to venture out while nursing. Go for a walk, take a stroll in the mall, get comfy at a park, etc.

8. Ignore what others think

Along with nursing in public, don’t pay any mind to others. You are nursing your baby because it’s your choice to do so. Anybody else who disagrees with your decision can keep their opinions to themselves.

Additionally, if they don’t keep their opinions to themselves, don’t be afraid to continue doing you. It’s none of their business. “You do you, boo!”

9. Patience

Most importantly, be patient with yourself. Like I’ve previously stated, breastfeeding is hard. It takes time, lots of energy, tears upon tears, and words of encouragement to get it going smoothly.

Just know that if it is what you want to do, you have to stick with it through the challenges. If the challenges become too great to handle, your sanity is more important and knowing that you tried your best is the greatest praise.

In my experience, my son and I got a good rhythm going when he was roughly four months old. It was a LONG four months but we did it. Babies become more proficient as they get older so be patient; it’ll all work out beautifully.

10. Cherish Your Breastfeeding Journey

Breastfeeding is a journey that has an end. When you’re in the thick of it, you often wonder if it’ll ever end (I’ve been there)! As time passes and your baby gets bigger, you slowly realize that each day brings you closer to the end.

Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing to nurture a human being that you spent months growing inside your body then birthed. A women’s body is an incredible thing! Don’t take it for granted and enjoy your journey as much as possible.

Did I Miss Any Successful Breastfeeding Tips?

What are some other successful breastfeeding tips you can think of? Were there more tips that worked for you in your breastfeeding journey? Help other mams learn to make breastfeeding successful and share your tips below!

Samantha <3

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  1. Elizabeth O

    January 15, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    For moms who choose to nurse, it can be a very rewarding experience both baby and mom. I love your balanced observations and will say same.It’s not for everyone and don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t workout. Feed your baby formula if you must as they need to thrive.

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 19, 2019 at 11:58 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth! I try to be open with my readers about this experience. It’s hard, but being a mom is a challenge in and of itself. Formula or breastmilk, either choice gives you a full tummy!????

  2. blair villanueva

    January 15, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for your tips. I am not yet in this journey but it is always great to learn new knowledge to share with married friends.

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 19, 2019 at 11:54 pm

      Thank you for reading and sharing!

  3. TheKitchenDoc

    January 14, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Great tips. Evryone’s case is unique and what worked for me was very different. I shoul’ve read this few years ago…lol

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 18, 2019 at 10:41 pm

      It’s so true, every mom is different and finds her own path. Thanks for reading!

  4. Belle

    January 13, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Some brilliant advice. There is so much pressure on new mums these days.

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 18, 2019 at 10:40 pm

      There totally is! I hope one day that will change.❤

  5. 3TravelBug

    January 13, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Thank you for sharing these tips! I’m sure they will come in handy for a lot of mums ????

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 18, 2019 at 10:40 pm

      I hope so! Thanks for reading.????

  6. chaddden2001

    January 13, 2019 at 12:27 am

    I’m definitely saving this for when I have little ones of my own, thank you.

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 18, 2019 at 10:39 pm

      Glad I could help! Thanks for reading. ????

  7. Sanjota Purohit

    January 12, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    I have heard from most of my friends that they are not getting milk. They look healthy though! I will pass the Fenugreek tip with them. Great post!

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 18, 2019 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Sanjota!

  8. Samar

    January 12, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing the information, you actually collated all the points.

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 18, 2019 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks, Samar!

  9. joliestarrett

    January 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Nice tips for new mothers.

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 18, 2019 at 10:37 pm

      Thank you, Jolie!

  10. italiantripabroad

    January 12, 2019 at 11:51 am

    I don’t have clue about that, but it seems a good guide to follow.

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 18, 2019 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  11. SiennyLovesDrawing

    January 12, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Woow!! Very nice sharing, learnt the tips shared. Very informative sharing : D
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 18, 2019 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks for the love and the sharing, Sienny!!????

  12. Keshia Richmond

    January 12, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Very nice to express your self as a new mom and then share with so many.

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 18, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Keshia!

  13. Neil Alvin Nicerio

    January 12, 2019 at 3:39 am

    I’m happy to read such helpful guides. Now I’d be praying that my wife and I get to have our second kid already. I’d surely let her read this.

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 18, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you so much for reading, Neil! Sending good vibes your way for a healthy second baby.

  14. Judy

    January 11, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Great tips. I nursed my first for 14 months and am just about at 10 months with my second. It is not easy! The nipple shield was my best friend with my first and a help through teething with my second. A great cover does wonders with nursing in public too!

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 17, 2019 at 6:57 am

      I’m going on 14 months nursing my son as well. It’s a labor of love for sure. Thanks for reading, Judy!

  15. Renee

    January 11, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I nursed my 3 kids and I love this. I wish someone told me earlier not to be afraid to nurse in public. It took me 3 kids to loosen up and do it and it made life so much easier!!

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 17, 2019 at 6:49 am

      Thanks for reading, Renee! It is difficult to become comfortable with it, but I’m happy to hear you were able to overcome!

  16. mbenton22

    January 11, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    These were really helpful tips and good insight. This could really help some new moms!

    1. Samantha Flores

      January 17, 2019 at 6:42 am

      Thank you for reading! It’s my goal to help other moms and I’m glad you agree that this could be beneficial to others.

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