Some Reasons Why Breastfeeding is Cool

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In honor of breastfeeding awareness month, I want to share with you some reasons why breastfeeding is flipping awesome. 

Breast is best (yes, I went there but read on). So actually, fed is best. As long as a baby is fed, that's what is best for your baby. However, if we're getting technical here...breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for your little one. While there are wonderful brands of formula out there, nothing and I mean nothing, can compare to breastmilk. Breastmilk is so full of so many amazing nutrients and vitamins that to this day researchers still know that they have not uncovered them all. The science of breastmilk is like bottomless chips and salsa at Chilis...it's so good and it never ends! 

It's easier. Sort of. The first 4-6 weeks of breastfeeding is hard, like really flipping hard. I've been through it three times and during each child I had days where I thought about just quitting. But I fought through the hard time and the nipple pains and engorgement because I knew in the end, that breastfeeding was so much easier. There's not really any bottles to wash, no bottles or formula to carry around, you never have to worry about not having baby's food in the case of a zombie apocalypse and you do not have to make bottles in the middle of the dark when you're basically a zombie yourself. Praise the Lord!

 It's natural, but read on. We're the only species that will turn around and eat another mammal's milk when we consume dairy products. As mammals we are designed to feed our offspring. However while it is natural, natural doesn't always mean easy. Just because it doesn't come natural to you, don't get discouraged. I'm sure there's a monkey somewhere struggling to feed a chimp. You're not alone, promise!

It's beautiful. If you've ever thought for a second that breastfeeding was kinda weird, you're not alone. I remember once feeling like it would be odd to nurse my son. Why? Because our modern culture has sexualized breasts and if we're being honest here, we all know that we've probably used in that way (oops). But it's truly the most beautiful thing. Once you experience it and begin that journey, you find a whole new appreciation for your body and for the way God so cleverly created us. 

It's healthy for YOU. The longer you breastfeed, the more you lower your chance of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Every month counts - so even something like 4-6 months per child is huge! Also, breastfeeding usually helps most mothers lose weight! It's not always the magic solution and for myself, it takes about 6 months or so to really see the effects; and by around one year, I would also see a good drop from it as well! 

You'll feel stronger. Breastfeeding makes you weak in the beginning. It makes you cry and it makes you feel like something so natural just isn't natural for you. You'll think you're doing it all wrong, and that's oaky. It's exactly how we all feel and even three kids in and I still felt that way each and every time. It's a daily struggle for awhile and then one day you realize how second nature it all becomes. Then one day, you'll approach whatever personal breast-feeding goal that you set for yourself and you may even surpass it. You'll feel like a champ. You'll feel like a goddess. You'll feel like you won a challenging game of LIFE. And you'll realize just how grateful you are for that. 

Breastfeeding isn't for everyone and it certainly can't be done alone. It takes a village to breastfeed. It takes realizing that for those first few weeks, you may be glued to the sofa, with Netflix and a water bottle while a newborn sucks the life out of you. But you'll forever be grateful for trying. I encourage you to consider the option to breastfeed. Even if it feels so foreign to you and so out of your comfort zone, try it. You never know how easily you may fall in love with the gift that God provided for our babies. 

Nurse on mamas! 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Our Top Posts for Breastfeeding Support

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Remember to hang in there, it's a tough journey in the beginning but it sure is one beautiful ride. 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Gentle Reminders for the Mama Nursing a Newborn

Nursing a Newborn

When it comes to breastfeeding a newborn, it's hard. Like chemistry and calculus combined with running a mile in 90 degree heat, kinda hard. And just because it's your second or third go around, doesn't mean it isn't just as hard as before. The only good news about not being a rookie when it comes to breastfeeding is that you're not as scared and you're a little more experienced. However breastfeeding each different child can truly be different for so many. 

When it comes to breastfeeding your little one, there are a few great tips that can help you manage through those first few weeks. Nothing can totally prepare you, but search around on this blog and you should find some great resources! 

  1. Feed on demand. As great as schedules are, you can't really think about that and you shouldn't because trying to schedule feeds too soon can result in decreased supply. Feed every 2-3 hours or when baby is fussy or appears hungry. In my home, a fussy newborn gets a boob. 
  2. Feeding to sleep isn't a bad thing. Some books and people will preach that you shouldn't nurse a baby to sleep because then they will never learn to fall asleep on their own. But when you're tired and exhausting because, um newborn, sitting there rocking or trying to pat a baby to sleep is ridiculous. Nurse that baby to sleep and worry about the rest later. 
  3. Hold off on the bottle and pacifier. I know those pacis are cute and all, but try to hold off about a week on those and about a month on a bottle. Sometimes babies become nipple confused and may prefer artificial nipples over natural ones. 
  4. Eat, mama. Eat and drink up! I know (believe me I personally know) that when you have a baby you go through the stages of "give me all the food" and then you come home to weigh yourself and realize you lost like a pound during birth (WTH only a pound!!) so then you start planning all of the diets and you're more like, "hide all the food". Your body and your baby need for you to eat and drink. Sure you can make healthier choices, but don't skip meals. Poor nutrition leads to a poor milk supply and a grumpy mama! 
  5. There's always milk. Don't freak out just because your baby is choosing to eat a lot or because your breasts suddenly feel like deflated balloons. There's milk in there! Babies cluster feed and hit growth spurts that rely on lots of extra nursing. Deflated boobs are a sign that your milk supply has regulated and is making just what your baby needs. While there are unfortunate cases of mothers who truly don't make enough or much milk, it is more rare to not make any milk; and low supply can often times see an increase with natural supplements and dietary changes. 
  6. A pump isn't a great measure of what you make. Often times mamas will pumps gallons of milk in the beginning, even while nursing their baby throughout the day/night. Give it a few weeks and you're suddenly nursing all day and seeing much less during your pump sessions. This is okay because your body is likely just making what it needs to, rather than making excess milk. A pump is never a good measure of milk supply because a baby withdraws more milk in a feeding than a pump can in one session. And the science is weird, but the more your nurse during the day/night, the less you'll pump when you choose to. 
  7. Take advice and don't take advice. There's SO much advice out there (like um eh, this blog post) and sometimes you don't know which way to go. The best thing you can ever do is listen to your instinct! I have also learned that people who didn't really nurse their babies at all or for a long period, don't often have the best advice. Grandmothers and older aunts sometimes have advice that now contradicts research. Just follow your instinct and turn to support groups on the internet, someone you know who successfully breastfed or your lactation consultants at the hospital or locally in your community. There's ALWAYS someone and there's almost always a solution! 
  8. Remember that it does get better. For probably 90% of mamas who stick it out past those first six weeks, it does get better. It gets easier, it gets less painful and it all becomes worth it. Sometimes in the beginning when your boobs are hard as rocks and when your nipples are bloody and cracked, you begin to doubt that it is all worth it. But it is. It truly, truly is. The pain will go away, the random leaks should stop and your baby won't nurse all day long. It will become like second nature and you'll miss it the day it's gone (well maybe). 
Tips for Nursing a Newborn Baby

Mamas, nursing a newborn isn't easy. It's sometimes the equivalent of what you can only imagine it would feel like to hook up jumper cables to your breasts. But it's also the equivalent of every joyful, loving and happy feeling you can imagine. If it isn't for you or if it doesn't work out, then be proud of what you did accomplish and know that it may (and should) be easier next time should you wish to try again. 

Nursing a newborn is a beautiful, wonderful and exhausting journey. But then again, that's really just motherhood summed up too. 

Thanks for reading and sharing, 

Sasha 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos.