One of the biggest preoccupations for new mums and dads is trying to figure out how to get a baby to sleep. It is true that infants sleep a lot – but not always when you want them to! Some babies sleep through the night from an early age, while others are restless, irritable sleepers who require constant soothing and breastfeeding throughout the night.
When you think about it, breastfeeding is an amazing process! For starters, breastfeeding is the only way to give your baby the unique rich blend of nutrients and immune-boosting elements that provide life enhancing benefits. Even the process of breastfeeding is fascinating.
If you are a new mum, there are really only two things you need for a successful breastfeeding initiation – your baby and your breast. Mother Nature has provided a foolproof model for you to follow and there are no extra products or services needed at the beginning. What you decide to add to your life in order to make things more comfortable and convenient is up to you.
It is a fact of modern motherhood that so much of our daily life is infused with feelings of guilt. A word that has such negative connotation, guilt can be negative and manipulative, and even paralyzing if you allow guilt to dictate your daily decisions. In fact, too much guilt can become not just a “feeling,” but also an all-encompassing way of life.
Milk will be coming in and enlarging and filling your breasts anywhere from 24 hours to 80 hours after birth, but the most common time for milk to come in is around 60 hours.
For most mums if their baby is feeding well and frequently the breasts will become fuller and heavier but probably won’t become engorged. So what does engorged actually mean?
Once you are accustomed to the basics of expressing breastmilk, you might want to look for new ways to make expressing a bigger part of your life and extend the convenience of this way of feeding your baby.
We recently sat down with the lovely Eliza from Twingenuity. She has been an inspiration, giving birth to the lovely Charlie and then finding out she was pregnant with twins just 6 weeks later. She is now juggling three kids under two and we asked her how she does it!
Lisa asks: “I understand that I will have my hands full with both a toddler and a baby! What are some ideas for feeding a newborn with a toddler?”
It’s been great to talk with Lisa about her breastfeeding journey. It can understandably be common for women to feel apprehensive if they had a previous difficult breastfeeding experience.
One thing to bear in mind is that each birth and each baby you have is very different and doesn’t mean this journey will follow the experience you had with your last baby.
Under five weeks to go and my body is definitely telling me it’s nearing time for baby number two’s arrival. My hips are giving up and the bust area surely can’t get any bigger… oh wait, the milk is still yet to arrive.