Today’s breastfeeding moms really do understand the meaning of the phrase “on the go”. It is how they seem to spend most of their lives! Whether a mom is breastfeeding, exclusively breast pumping, or something in between, she manages a busy and active life! Taking care of a family these days requires the equivalent of a degree in logistics, planning and time management. Having an advanced qualification in “managing the unexpected” is also a useful certification.
The breastfeeding journey is different for every mother. Most moms love the physical and emotional experience of breastfeeding with all their heart and treasure the connection that it gives them to their baby. They want the best for their baby and are happy to do whatever they can to deliver those health benefits for as long as possible. Even if at the beginning, that means 12 feeds a day and endless sleepless nights!
On special days throughout the year, we give presents to those people we love and appreciate in our lives. We wonder what gifts to give and base our choices on how appropriate and precious they are for the individuals we care about. Mothers have an obvious choice for their babies. However, it could be said that breastfeeding is a priceless gift for not only baby, but mother and family as well.
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural acts in the world, but it still takes some practice and getting used to. One of the learning experiences for moms and babies is discovering the best breastfeeding positions that work for them both.
We know that breastfeeding is great for babies, but it is also intimately linked to a mother’s health. A mother’s body has a subtle, intricate way of connecting with her baby through the connection of breastfeeding, and this interplay of biological signals that are important for breastmilk production, can create positive effects in the mother’s health as well.
Lactation Consultants get all kinds of questions. In our previous article about the three most common questions for lactation consultants, we talk about some questions directly related to breastfeeding – worries about producing enough milk, sore nipples and guidance when sick. However, lactation consultants are accustomed to hearing all types of questions and concerns from new moms
Let’s face it, pumping breastmilk takes time and if you are an exclusive pumper, it requires a lot of patience and commitment. Even for moms totally committed to pumping, and who see the value and understand the benefits of breastfeeding, it requires a certain amount of perseverance. While you can hand express or pump one breast at a time (even while the baby is feeding on the other breast) you might want to consider double pumping. Double pumping can be your best friend and the most efficient way to pump milk from both breasts at the same time, with any extra milk produced being frozen and stored for use in the future.