Today, I am totally HONORED to be featured over at The Kennedy Adventures. I’m sharing my ten best breastfeeding tips. Dianna Kennedy and I met in cyberspace on Catholic Mothers Online – it’s where all the cool kids hang out these days. We started following each others blogs, then Twitter, you know, just a little light cyberstalking. One thing led to another and we found out we have so much in common. It’s my hope I’ll get to meet her, in person, next spring. But, until then, you’ll have to fall in love with her blog like I did! I knew when I read her the first paragraph of her “about me” page we would be fast friends: Dianna is the 2010 version of the Well-Brought-Up-Southern-Girl. She knows shouldn’t give the children Twinkies for breakfast, drink hard liquor before 5 p.m., or scream obscenities at the top of her lungs, unless there are “extenuating” circumstances.
She just had baby 5.0 and is taking a little maternity leave (go love on that little Maeve, Dianna!). While on leave, she’s hosting several different gals on her blog. Here’s a sneak peek of my post…
I’m not Le Leche certified, but I’m guessing that a collective 5.5 years of breastfeeding my own five children does put me in the “experienced” category. I’ve learned a lot about nursing, life, prayer, babies and myself the last decade. I’m hoping that these tips and life lessons will be just what the doctor ordered for you!
Please know I understand, in a very personal way, how difficult the breastfeeding route is for some women. I share these suggestions and advice, below, with that same, understanding heart. Here’s the best I’ve got:
1. If you’re a new mom or it’s been a few years since you last breastfed a baby, do yourself a favor and TAKE THE BREASTFEEDING CLASS. Yes, I know that breasts are made for nurturing babies. It just all sounds so natural. But it isn’t.
You’re new at it, the baby has to be taught to latch and you have to be taught to take a hydrocodone before those first few sessions. On a whim, I took the class. Boy am I glad I did-best $25 I ever spent!
Before you leave the hospital, call the lactation consultant and have her watch you nurse. For a modesty-freak like me that was excruciating. But, she sees boobs all day. Her job is to help you be the best breastfeeding momma possible. Listen to her. And be sure to get her cell! Keep reading!