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Making the decision to feed your baby breast milk, in whatever way and for whatever length of time you choose, is amazing. But, every breastfeeding journey is different, and none are perfect. In this ‘Notes From A New Breastfeeding Mom,’ first-time mother Joy shares her experiences in her own words. Her journey, like other moms’, has its flaws and challenges, but it is a real glimpse into the perfectly imperfect experience of breastfeeding. Read Joy’s post Good Gracious the Pressure in My Boobs here.

Part 5: Just Pumping Away the Fear…Kinda

I read online that a mother can recognize her baby’s cry just days after birth. Mere days after traumatizing her body by pushing out a cute little bowling ball, a mom can pick out her child’s uniquely toned cry in a room full of fussy babies.

That’s amazing to me.

Personally, the only wailing newborn I was around after my son Grant arrived was my son Grant. So I can’t tell you whether or not this is in fact true.

I also read online that a mother’s hormones are so ramped up that when she hears her newborn sob, something kicks in – a deadly sense of fear. Logically moms know their babies are just hungry or tired or wet or just fussy, but our hormones scream, “CALL 911…something’s wrong!”

This little tidbit I can tell you was (and sometimes still is) true for me. Grant would let out a tiny, cranky cry and my heart would sink. When he screamed, I would fear the absolute worst.

It took some time for me to get a grip and realize that crying didn’t mean it was an emergency. And my hormones finally started to straighten out, which I assume helped out a lot.

But to this day, I still raise my son with a fair amount of fear lingering in the background.

One of my biggest fears is my milk supply. While I’m definitely an over producer, I’m also a cup-half-empty kinda gal. Yes, I’m that person – I’m typically waiting for the other shoe to drop.

I’m afraid one day I’ll wake up and my girls will be bone dry. Or that only one boob will produce the liquid gold my son relies on. Or that Grant will decide he only wants fresh milk and not a single ounce of my frozen supply. I’m even nervous that my freezer will malfunction and all of my stockpile will spoil.

My list of fears goes on, but I won’t – I think you get the point. I have realistic and unrealistic milk fears.

So needless to say, when I was ready to drop one of my pumping sessions, I got a little tense. I was terrified. This was too important to screw up. Therefore, I did what I always do. I researched the bejesus out of it.

From what I learned there are a handful of methods women use to drop a pumping session:

  • There’s the ‘reduce the amount of time you pump’ method.
  • The ‘only pump until you get a certain amount of milk’ method.
  • The ‘slowly move two pumps closer together’ method.
  • And, of course, the ‘cold turkey’ method.

Now before I share what method I chose, it’s important to know why I wanted to drop a pumping session. I wasn’t weaning my son. And while I did have an oversupply, it wasn’t my intention to reduce it. I did it because it was the best thing for me.

Grant and I had a handful of roadblocks in the beginning of my breastfeeding journey so I ended up not only nursing him but pumping seven times a day. It was physically and mentally wearing me down. Plus, I had several run-ins with clogged ducts and mastitis, so out of fear I was pumping for longer amounts of time. After consulting with my lactation consultant, we determined that only pumping six times a day was the best decision for me.

So when I was ready, I started to carefully plan everything out.

I decided what session to eliminate (my 5:00 p.m.). Chose my method (the ‘slowly move two pumps closer together’). And I cleared some of my calendar – just in case I ended up getting mastitis and needed some time to heal.

And then, things changed.

The Saturday before I was going to get started my husband had me car shopping for a good portion of the day. By the time we got home, my boobs felt like they were dragging on the floor. I pumped and pumped but no matter how I sliced it, I was only going to be able to pump six times that day. So that’s what I did.

Sunday I was feeling horrible and my husband took care of Grant all day while I rested. I slept right through some pumping sessions and could only get six in, again.

On Monday, my ‘I’m going to start moving two pumps closer together’ day, we were again at the car dealership. So six pumps.

That night Grant slept a glorious six hours – and so did I. I woke up ready to burst, but I was overall okay with missing my 4:00 a.m. pumping session. And I really enjoyed the sleep.

As the days were going by, my plan was not panning out. Everything I was going to do – like cut out my 5:00 p.m. session – wasn’t happening.

And everything I wasn’t going to do – like completely skipping a planned pumping session – was happening.

But oddly enough, everything was working out. The other shoe did not drop. And my supply only dipped slightly for a few days. My boobs did not explode. I had no clogged ducts. No horrid illness.

I was okay.

Better than okay actually ‘cause I was sleeping for longer stretches. And come to find out, when you’re getting five to six hours of uninterrupted sleep, squeezing in the 5:00 p.m. pumping session before the end of the work day isn’t that bad.

I had become a six-a-day pumper instead of a seven timer. Success!

Although, please note everything was not perfect. There were definitely times throughout this process that I had to do mini pumps to reduce engorgement. There were times I had to pump longer. Times where I got a fraction of my usual amount of milk. Times the girls felt like 20 pound weights dangling from my chest. And yes, there were times I freaked out, like really freaked out. But all in all, I was fine and so was my supply.

None of my fears came true. (At least yet…joking…kinda.)

For now, whenever Grant lets out the ‘I’m hungry feed me’ cry, I just go into the fridge and grab a bottle or thaw a bag of milk or nurse him. I have options. A handful of them. And the more options I have, the less fear that lives inside of me.

To read more posts from Joy and to follow along her breastfeeding journey, click here.

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Having a baby can mean adjusting to a lot of lifestyle changes, but once you feel ready for it, that shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your fitness goals! As a breastfeeding mama, you’ll enjoy many benefits of exercise including building physical strength, losing pregnancy weight, and improving your mental wellbeing.

Studies have shown repeatedly that regular exercise can reduce stress and help with depression. Paired with a healthy diet, it will also help you lose fat without lowering your milk supply!

If you’re considering getting back into fitness after birth, follow some of the tips below.

Start with low-impact exercises.

Walking outside with the baby in good weather is a great way for both of you to get some fresh air and light exercise. Regular walks can increase the levels of serotonin, promoting positive feelings and mood. Babies can also benefit from getting outside!

In the first few weeks of your baby’s life, focus all your energy on caring for yourself and your baby – try to sneak in some sleep whenever possible and drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Once you’ve recovered from birth, and you feel ready, talk to your doctor and see if you’re ready to start with moderate exercise. This will usually be around your two-month mark. You can then slowly start to introduce cardio and strength-based exercises to your daily routine to tone your body.

Avoid losing weight rapidly.

Losing more than 1 pound a week during lactation may increase the amount of environmental toxins in your breast milk. This is caused by burning fat too quickly, which causes the toxins in your body fat to move into the bloodstream, and into the breast milk. If rapid weight loss happens, consult your doctor about how you can avoid it. A diet rich in nutrients and calories can help.

Consume at least 1,800 calories per day.

Research shows that moms who breastfeed their babies for at least the 3-6 months of baby’s life may or may not have an easier time when trying to lose pregnancy weight – it depends on each mom’s unique situation.

Losing weight while breastfeeding can be safe as long as you maintain a nutritious and balanced diet. Most breastfeeding moms need to consume at least 1,800 calories per day. Not eating or drinking enough daily calories can lead to rapid weight loss, lower milk supply, low levels of necessary vitamins, malnourishment, and weakness.

Especially in the beginning, the weight loss may be too rapid, and a mom may need to add nutrient rich calories from her own kitchen to meet the minimum calories per day.

Drink water, and then drink more water.

Hydration is key when you’re exercising as a breastfeeding mom. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workouts.

Consider getting a supportive, high-impact bra.

Your breasts may change significantly from pregnancy to post-pregnancy and through breastfeeding and your old sports bras might not do the trick anymore. Consider getting a supportive sports bra (or two!) that’s designed for high-impact sports that require a lot of movement. A bra with adjustable straps will help accommodate the changing size of your breasts throughout your journey. You can also try investing in a nursing sports bra with easy flaps that open when you need to breastfeed or pump.

…but don’t forget to take off your bra as soon as you’re done working out.

Sitting in a tight-fitting sports bra might bother your breasts especially if they’re full of milk and can lead to mastitis.

Try breastfeeding or pumping before exercising.

Exercise may be uncomfortable when your breasts are full. Many women find they exercise more comfortably when they feed the baby or pump before working out.

And for mamas who do more strenuous exercises…

Some of you may have heard that exercise will make milk “sour.” This is caused by intense exercises as they increase the amount of lactic acid in your breast milk. But don’t worry – this does not make the baby unwilling to breastfeed and it’s not harmful for baby! Lactic acid disappears quickly from breast milk, even after a strenuous workout.

What tips and tricks do you have for exercising mamas?

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As a new mom, you’ll find yourself feeding your baby or pumping multiple times during the day and at night. This means spending a lot of time sitting down in your nursery chair, bed, or living room couch with your baby or your pump attached to you!

Make these special moments of the day as comfortable, easy, and efficient as possible no matter where you’re breastfeeding or pumping – keep everything you need within arm’s reach on your nursing station.

Here’s a list of items for you to create the comfiest breastfeeding station ever!

A nursery chair

Since you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting while breastfeeding or pumping, choosing the right nursery chair is crucial. Here are some tips for you to consider when shopping for one.

Cleaning wipes

When you need to wipe something clean quickly, having a couple of packets of breast pump and accessory wipes nearby will make your life that much easier.

Burp cloths

With the usual spit ups and your leaking breasts, burp cloths will always come in handy. Have them at your nursing station for every breastfeeding session!

Nursing pads

While breastfeeding on one breast, the other side might leak. Many mamas choose to use disposable or washable nursing pads to keep the milk from dripping freely and staining shirts.

Extra diapers and baby wipes

Feeding can stimulate a baby’s digestive system and before you know it, you’ll have to change their diaper mid-feeding session! For these moments, have extra diapers and baby wipes close to you.

Breastfeeding log

Have your phone with you so you can track your breastfeeding session using the MyMedela® app. You can log which breast you’ve last pumped or breastfed and even keep track of how much time you spent on each side.

Nipple care

Some mamas have to deal with sore nipples while breastfeeding, which can become very painful. Keep soothing lanolin nipple cream with you to soothe your sore nipples. It’s safe for both mama and baby, and it glides on smoothly and gently without causing a mess! You can also consider hydrogel pads for cooling and soothing sore nipples. Of course, make sure to visit your doctor if this issue persists.

A water bottle or two

This one goes without saying – you’ll want to hydrate a lot while breastfeeding. Some moms especially get very thirsty as soon as the baby latches on. You can get a bottle that’s easy to hold with one hand and has a straw to make it easier to drink. You might even consider having two bottles by your side!

Snacks

Breastfeeding can burn 500 calories a day! This means you’ll have to replenish often. Keep your favorite non-perishable, healthy snacks on your nursing station. You may want to consider snacks that are easy to eat and open with one hand, and that don’t have noisy packaging that might wake baby up. Trail mix, nuts, and granola bars are good options.

Nursing pillows

A nursing pillow will prop baby up and help reduce lower back and neck pain. Keeping your favorite nursing pillow at your nursing station will be a true life-saver!

Nice-to-haves

You’ll be spending a lot of time feeding your baby. Although it’s a magical time to spend with them, sometimes they drift off to sleep and you’re left wondering what else to do with yourself!

Consider getting some nice-to-have items for your nursing station to help you enjoy your time even more – such as a book, magazine, tablet, or electronic reader. Don’t forget to keep your reading glasses close by if you use them!

Keep chargers for all your devices nearby as well in case your devices run out of juice. If you can, consider investing in a little charging dock to keep your phone or tablet up straight. Using earphones will ensure your baby doesn’t wake up during a middle-of-the-night feeding session.

During night feedings, to help pass the time, keep you awake, or even just provide light to help you see – you might want to watch TV. Keep your TV remote close to your nursing or pumping station so it’s always convenient to just switch on!

Nightlight

For dark rooms or middle of the night feedings, a soft nightlight or lamp will be crucial. You’ll want something with enough light for you to see what you’re doing without disturbing baby or others around you.

Lastly, you might even want to consider investing in a basket or rolling shelf to create a portable nursing station you can take from room to room in your house!

What are your nursing station essentials?

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Making the decision to feed your baby breast milk, in whatever way and for whatever length of time you choose, is amazing. But, every breastfeeding journey is different, and none are perfect. In this ‘Notes From A New Breastfeeding Mom,’ first-time mother Joy shares her experiences in her own words. Her journey, like other moms’, has its flaws and challenges, but it is a real glimpse into the perfectly imperfect experience of breastfeeding. Read Joy’s post Why does My Body Think I Had Twins? here.

Part 4: Good Gracious the Pressure in My Boobs

I always said I was going to try and breastfeed. Well, more accurately, when asked I always responded, “I’ll breastfeed if I can.”

I had plenty of pregnant friends and heard enough stories that I knew breastfeeding wasn’t a guarantee. And I didn’t want to give myself false hope or put any unneeded pressure on myself – so my plan was to give it the ole college try and see what happened.

Then, my son Grant came, as well as an insane amount of maternal pressure. I went from thinking I’d be okay if I couldn’t breastfeed to stressing over it.

The first couple days as I struggled to nurse him, I tried not to put additional pressure on myself. But that didn’t work too well. Lactation appointment after lactation appointment. Failed attempt of feeding after failed attempt. The pressure to breastfeed started to build up.

I felt a pressure I’ve never felt before.

I felt I was failing in one of my first official mommy duties – to feed my son.

I’ve always heard about the extreme amount of pressure moms put on themselves and each other, but I didn’t think I’d fall into that trap. Oh, how wrong I was.

Rationally, I knew breast milk wasn’t the be-all and end-all. Preferred…yes. Mandatory…no. But at that point, I wasn’t at my most rational state.

Luckily, my husband is a calmer and more rational person than I am, and he was able to talk me off the metaphorical ledge. We came up with some solutions that worked for us and we moved forward.

But just as quickly as that pressure went away new pressures arrived – the pressure to keep my supply up. Then pressure to pump seven times a day. The pressure to eat healthy. The pressure to avoid caffeine. (Come to find out these last two aren’t pressures moms need to worry about.) And the pressure in my boobs! Good gracious the pressure in my boobs.

I’m learning there are a lot of pressures when it comes to breastfeeding. The emotional, coercion type – in which you feel the entire world is judging you purely on whether or not you’re breastfeeding the way “they” deem satisfactory.

And then there’s pressure – the noun – the pressure that physically lives inside of your breasts. The pressure and sometimes pain that comes along every time your breasts need emptied. The good news…this particular pressure can be relieved relatively quickly. The bad news…it never comes at a convenient time.

Grant can’t eat all of the milk I produce and my breasts are on a schedule. If I go five minutes over my typical pumping time, I start to get a little tingle. Go an hour over or heaven’s forbid I go more than an hour over; I’m aching, in pain. My boobs are ready to explode.

So I’ve had to take some non-pleasant and definitely non-flattering steps to alleviate the pressure.

In no particular order, I have:

Pumped while riding shotgun going down the interstate. (More than once.)

Pumped sitting on a paint bucket in a dirty bathroom while watching a spider crawl up the wall.

I have asked clients if they had a “private room” I could step into for a couple minutes. (Wink, wink.)

Toggled my pump and the mute button on my phone back and forth in order to take a conference call but ensure no one actually knew I was pumping.

Pumped in my car in the parking garage by only the glow of my cell phone when we lost power for the day.

I have emptied the girls with a lactation consultant closely watching.

And on more accounts than I’d prefer to admit, I have inadvertently given a “show” while pumping in some type of parking lot. Yes, it’s unfortunate for all parties involved but sometimes even the best planned pumping sessions end with a quick peep show.

Now, while I wish I could end here – I have one more. The worst one in fact. Just a couple weeks ago, we went to visit family out of state. We had places to go, people to see, and I forgot a pumping accessory at the hotel.

Of course, I didn’t realize this until we were 30 miles away from the hotel, and I was two hours past my pumping time. I literally let out a scream as I was sitting in a spare bedroom at my in-laws with my shirt raised high and half of my pumping gear strapped on.

As my husband came rushing to see why I was screaming, tears of pain and desperation flowed down my cheeks.

“Get the baby!” I cried.

“He’s sleeping,” my husband responded.

I did not care. The whole “don’t wake a sleeping baby” saying went out of the window as I tried to convince my son that he was hungry.

He was not.

So instead I sat there – on a step stool in a spare bedroom listening to my family in the other room all having a good ole time – all knowing exactly what I was doing. I sat there with tears running down my face. I sat there hand expressing for over two hours – around four ounces per breast.

This was definitely not one of the better family gatherings I’ve attended. But I did it because of the pressure. The pressure in my breast. The pressure to provide milk for my child (even though he was refusing to eat at that moment). And the pressure to be an unflawed mother.

There are a lot of pressures on moms, especially on breastfeeding moms. It’s not easy. It’s not always pretty. It’s not for the weak.

But I’m learning that there are things that can help. When the pressure builds up, I take a couple deep breaths. I laugh when the situation calls for it. I bought some spare parts for my breast pump that I keep in my pumping bag. And my husband has also gotten into the habit of double-checking…just to make sure I have everything I need.

I’m working on handling all of the pressures of being a mom. It can be tough at times. But just like a 2:00 a.m. feeding, I get up and I do it…’cause I’m a mom and my son is counting on me.

To read more posts from Joy and to follow along her breastfeeding journey, click here.

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Every mama has a different breastfeeding journey. For some, breastfeeding comes easily while other moms might face more challenges when feeding their babies. One thing that’s for certain is both moms and babies benefit greatly from breastfeeding.

If you’re considering donor milk for your baby (or you’re producing enough milk to donate!), read our recommendations below. We hope this helps you in your journey.

Breast milk is precious to all infants’ survival and continued health, especially premature and sick babies. Moms who have trouble providing breast milk to their babies can seek the next best alternative: another mom’s milk that was donated and pasteurized by an accredited milk bank.

Mamas may consider donor breast milk when faced with situations such as:

  • Low milk production and needs to supplement her own milk with donor milk
  • Adopted or fostered babies
  • Have had a double mastectomy and can’t produce milk
  • Had previous breast or other surgeries that affected milk supply and needs to supplement
  • Diagnosed with insufficient glandular tissue and needs supplemental milk
  • Treated with certain medications that are not recommended for breastfeeding
  • Mother has infectious illness that could be passed to baby through breast milk

Although donor breast milk is the best alternative for feeding babies, it does not have all the same benefits of breastfeeding. Breast milk changes every day to meet the changing needs of your baby based on age. In other words, preterm milk is different from term newborn milk (preemie’s tummies might be bothered by term milk), and that is different from the milk of a mom whose baby is 3 months old, 6 months old, 12 months old, or is weaning. Donor milk is usually a “pooled” collection of milk from several mothers and the donors may not have babies the same age as yours. And, because donor milk is heat pasteurized, some of the protective factors are lost.

What is milk sharing? 

Milk sharing is giving or using donor breast milk when a mom has trouble producing milk. Typically, we are referring to mothers’ expressed donor milk, however directly breastfeeding another mother’s baby (wet-nursing) is also a method of milk sharing.

The three most common types of Milk Sharing in the U.S. today are:

  1. Formal Milk Sharing: 

Formal milk sharing refers to donor milk distributed by milk banks. If breast milk is not readily supplied from their own mothers, a hospital can order pasteurized human donor milk (PHDM) from a Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) certified milk “bank.”

A few things to know about HMBANA-accredited milk banks:

  • They are non-profit; milk is donated, and donors are not paid.
  • The donors are strictly screened and tested for diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis B and C – any blood-borne disease.
  • The milk is handled hygienically and pasteurized – killing all known pathogens in breast milk.
  • Donors are screened for use of certain prescribed medications and illegal drugs, smoking and use of tobacco products, and regular intake of 2 or more ounces of alcohol per day.
  • Donors are also screened for receiving a recent blood transfusion, blood product, organ or tissue transplant.
  • The screening and pasteurization processes are strict to avoid any possible transmission of disease.

Milk from milk banks are prioritized for:

  • Hospital needs: Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU’s), supplemental milk for babies whose moms aren’t fully lactating, ill infants, infants of mothers who are ill.
  • Infants in the home with medical conditions related to prematurity and feeding intolerance.
  • When possible, healthy babies whose mothers are unable to provide breast milk for a reason other than a medical condition.
  • Some milk is used for research purposes, and some milk is also given to adults with health problems (such as cancer) who are prescribed breast milk as part of their treatment.

There are a few established for-profit milk banks who now pay mothers for their donated breast milk. This practice has been criticized by some who are concerned, “that women will be coerced into diverting milk that they would otherwise feed their own babies.”

Medela supports the guidelines of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in donating or receiving milk from a HMBANA non-profit milk bank because of the strict standards for both donors and recipients.

  1. Informal Milk Sharing: 

Some moms give their milk directly to the parents of babies in need, an exchange known as informal or casual sharing. The intent behind casual sharing is a caring act of sisterhood.
Informal milk sharing is mom-to-mom milk sharing done informally in the community – through websites dedicated to milk sharing, families assisting with milk sharing, or other social media connections.

However, mamas should be aware that there are many documented risks to using unscreened, unpasteurized milk from unscreened donors.

  • It is unregulated and untested; the milk could have harmful substances like medications, drugs of abuse, nicotine, or alcohol.
  • Several studies showed that in some instances, internet purchases of human milk had cow’s milk, water, or other liquids added to increase the volume. There is no way for mothers to ensure that the milk purchased is actually human milk at all.
  • One recent study found that infectious agents were present in the majority of the milk samples. Other studies confirm that viruses and bacteria are commonly found in unscreened milk.
  • Repeated freezing-thawing cycles may alter the integrity of the milk’s components. There is no way to know that how purchased human milk has been stored or maintained before it reaches the consumer.

At Medela, we support the recommendations of ABM and AAP and believe that it’s important to receive donated breast milk tested from an accredited milk bank to be absolutely sure that it’s safe for your baby.

  1. Wet Nursing:

A wet nurse is a woman who directly breastfeeds another woman’s child. Wet nurses are employed when the mother is unable or elects not to nurse the child herself. Wet-nursed children may be known as “milk-siblings,” and in some cultures the families are linked by a special relationship of milk kinship.

There are many internet ads of lactating women who are willing to “wet-nurse” another’s baby for a fee. This practice is fraught with risks and is not recommended for the same reasons that informal milk sharing is not recommended.

 In short, we – along with ABM and AAP – recommend that mamas who have trouble breastfeeding get lactation support and consult healthcare providers before seeking donor milk. And when you do decide to receive donated breast milk, don’t forget to seek it only from HMBANA-accredited milk banks!

You can also reach out to lactation consultants with any questions through the 24/7 LC feature on your MyMedela app! This can help you save time and a physical visit to a lactation consultant.

Any questions? Comment below!

 

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With so many choices and features to consider, picking the perfect nursery chair can be a difficult decision. The right nursery chair can make or break late night breastfeeding sessions, so you want something that you’ll feel comfortable in and can support your arms as you hold your baby for long amounts of time.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a chair for your nursery:

Decide if you prefer a rocking, gliding, or stationary chair. Movement can be a great tool to help soothe a fussy baby without putting a strain on mom.

Look for chairs with wide padded armrests. You’ll be spending a lot of time leaning your arms on them while holding your baby.

Try sitting in the chair with your breastfeeding support pillow. Doing this before you purchase the chair will help you make sure you can fit comfortably with the pillow! Sometimes the chair arms are a bit too high or narrow to fit, and you want to be as comfortable as possible.

See if the armrests and back of the chair work with your height. You’ll want to be able to rest your arms and head easily while breastfeeding.

Try out the seating area and padding of the chair. The seating area should be easy to get out of once you sink in it, so you don’t wake your baby when you decide to put them in the crib after a feeding session. Firmer seats will work better for this, but you want enough softness to feel comfortable!

Avoid chairs with sharp points or exposed hardware. This is necessary for the safety of your baby!

Find chairs with a lock mechanism. Another great way to ensure safety! This way, the chair won’t move when you don’t want it to.

Does the chair accommodate your preferred breastfeeding positions? If you can, try out the chair before purchasing to see if it works for you.

Having a footrest can be crucial when you want to rest a little. If you want one attached to your chair, make sure that your baby is out of the way when you’re putting it down. Getting a separate ottoman is a good idea too!

Consider chairs with lumbar support. It can help with back pain caused by bad posture while breastfeeding.

 

Don’t forget to get something that you actually like – you’ll be using that chair even after the baby stops nursing. Now you’re ready to pick the right nursery chair for mom and baby!

 

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When you become a mom for the first time, many things in your life change.

So far, you’ve lived your life mostly for yourself – building a career, focusing on relationships, following personal goals, and creating a life that you love. But the moment you hold your baby for the first time, all those things become secondary. They’re important as ever, but not as important as the living being in your arms.

You’re a mom. And it’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

Yes, you will continue to do those things. Work towards your next promotion. Go out with your girlfriends. Spend idle time on the couch with your significant other and tune into your favorite TV show.

But something in you will change. Your feelings and thoughts will start revolving around this little being.

You’re no longer living just for you. Everything you do is driven by this inexplicable need to provide for your baby – to feed her, grow her, and hold her.

Suddenly, you have a capacity for love that you never knew existed. You think of all the times your own mom said “you won’t truly understand how I feel until you have your own child.”

And finally, you know. She was right.

And this feeling is only strengthened by the special bond created by breastfeeding your baby. You’re literally giving a part of you, your own milk, to your baby… every single day.

The bond you create surpasses any personal relationships you’ve had – you start to understand their needs, even if they can’t speak a word. You know when they’re upset, because you feel it with them.

Now that you know what it feels like – to love someone so deeply and profoundly, to feel an immense joy while being the most vulnerable you’ve ever been – you finally truly understand what your mom and your grandma felt, all these years.

That’s why this Mother’s Day, we want to not only honor you, but also the mamas who came before you. To help you celebrate, we created Mother’s Day cards that are shareable (and printable!) you can send to the moms in your life.

We hope this brings happiness and makes a mom feel extra loved on this special day!

For the first-time mama who’s juggling everything that comes with a baby – breastfeeding, pumping, late nights, and more. On Mother’s Day, remind her that even though she probably thinks she’s doing it all wrong, she’s actually doing amazing.

This Mother’s Day card is for the one who came before you, who shaped you and helped you become the mom you are today. Celebrate her – whether she’s your mom, mother-in-law, or best friend. 

And for all the mamas out there, paving the way, supporting, and encouraging us moms on our journeys.


Who will you be sharing Mother’s Day with this Sunday?

Looking for more? You might also like:

A Message To Moms, From Moms (And Us)
http://blog.medelabreastfeedingus.com/2017/05/message-moms-moms-us/

Gift Guide: The Breastfeeding Mom
http://blog.medelabreastfeedingus.com/2017/12/gift-guide-breastfeeding-mom/

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