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{International Guest Post} – Top Three Breastfeeding Secrets All Moms Must Know

Today’s guest post is an amazing one by Jaimie, an air force wife and mom of two little boys! She is a certified breastfeeding specialist and has some great advice to offer! She is the second, amazing and international mom that I have the honour of featuring on my blog! Read on down to find out more about the Top Three Breastfeedin Secrets!

Top Three Breastfeeding Secrets All Moms Must Know

There are so many breastfeeding tips out there. So many secrets, tips, tricks, and even special cookies that people claim are vital for successful breastfeeding. But sometimes, this advice is dangerous, especially because one size does not fit all. Advising a mom to do xyz without knowing her history and baby’s history can sometimes cause more harm than it helps.

These people are usually well intentioned, but the sad fact stands that most advice online makes breastfeeding professionals squirm a bit.

As a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, I have three tips that apply to ALL families, and can make a massive difference in success.

But before we start, let’s clarify one thing: What is “successful breastfeeding”? I define successful breastfeeding as a mother reaching her personal breastfeeding goals. I also assert that there is no such thing as “failure”. I have met many mothers who have not reached their goals. Never, though, have I met a mother who failed her baby. I have, however, met many mothers who were failed by the systems our society has in place. So how can we prevent this? How can we ensure, that as mothers, we reach our goals, and society doesn’t degrade our chances of successful breastfeeding?

1. Set Goals

This sounds menial. But setting goals is so important. You can not reach goals you do not set.

I suggest setting three goals: Long term goal, medium term goal, and short term goals.

Everyone’s goals are very different. Your goal could simply be “to breastfeed longer than I did the first time”.

My personal goals changed quite a bit during the postpartum period and between children. After my eldest son was born, my goals were as follows: Long Term = Breastfeeding for 1 year, Middle Term = EBF for 6 months, Short Term = Exclusive Breastfeeding for 6 weeks. I ended up finding myself making super short term goals of “one more day”, “one more week”, “one more month” quite often in the beginning as we struggled.

By the time we hit 6 months and things got easier, my long term goal changed to “as long as baby wants” and then morphed into “two years”, and here we are now, nursing beyond that goal.

With my second son, my goals are much different. Long term = as long as he wants, Medium Term = 2 years, Short term = 1 year.

If you don’t know where to start with determining a goal, familiarizing yourself with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations is a great place to start. AAP encourages 6 months exclusive breastfeeding and a minimum of one year breastfeeding, and longer as the child and parent desire. The WHO ups the ante by recommending a minimum of two years breastfeeding.

2. Education

Access to accurate information is vital. As we said before, there is so much info out there, some conflicting, some dangerous, and some helpful.

Taking a breastfeeding class and finding reliable resources to learn about normal infant behavior, understand the basics of breastfeeding, and understand how to troubleshoot common nursing challenges is important.

You don’t have to learn all the answers, but learning the basics and where to go find good information when you need to know more is key.

In our society, most girls haven’t learned how to breastfeed and manage challenges from her mother, older sisters, or other village women like in past societies. Breastfeeding typically isn’t something on our radar until we are expecting a baby, so breastfeeding classes, books, and support systems are vital.

3. Support Systems

Developing a quality support system in a generally unsupportive society can be hard. There are many community support groups, like La Leche League, available around the world. Many hospitals will provide support groups as well.

Having supportive friends and family at home is important as well. Encourage your significant other to attend support groups or education courses with you if possible, so they can learn about how to be supportive. Many times, our family members intend to be supportive, but sometimes can act as a source of destruction.

Supportive health care providers are vital. If you can, deliver at a Baby Friendly hospital. Find a pediatrician who is supportive of breastfeeding, familiar with latest guidelines, doesn’t push formula unnecessarily, uses the World Health Organization growth charts for breastfed babies. A pediatrician with an in house IBCLC can be a great source of support. Click Here now to download your FREE Pediatrician Interview Questions!

Finding out if your employer is mother friendly is so important too! In the United States there are laws in place to support and protect lactating employees. Check out this Back To Work Guide for tips on developing a support system at work!

Setting goals, getting informed, and finding quality support are the ultimate keys for breastfeeding success. Sometimes medical issues do arise, and they may compromise our perfect image of how our breastfeeding relationship will look, but they don’t mean we have to quit. Together with knowledgable providers, knowledgable mothers can develop a game plan to overcome any breastfeeding challenge they may face.

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Well, there you have it ladies, another awesome and informative guest post. My breastfeeding days are long gone, but I do wish that I had these tips to create a different mindset for myself while breastfeeding. I think the part I lacked most in was tip two, “Education” because we assume that we know everything by the advice that we receive. Although advice plays an important role in helping you throughout your journey, we sometimes forget that it can never replace advice from a great health care professional (Not even Google replaces a professional!).

I hope you enjoyed reading and to find out more you can find Jaimie at the following links:

Web: https://www.littlebearlactation.com/
Pinterest: @LittleBearLactation
Facebook: @Little-Bear-Lactation-273495406500678
Twitter: @LittleBearLact
Instagram: @littlebearlactation

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Simone Gobin is a 24 year old, it graduate, wife to Avi and mother to Yash & Ralee Gobin. She spends her days being a mother and a wife. She has decided to start a blog as a creative outlet as well as connect with other parents. Her belief is that there is a lot to learn from other parents out there and she welcomes all advice possible.

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