Becoming a parent comes will all sorts of decisions and challenges. One of those is how you are going to feed your baby. Many women choose to go the breastfeeding route, and we’ve established in the past that this isn’t always as natural and easy as it seems. How do you even get started breastfeeding? And how do you go about, well, the rest of life while feeding your child? Today two of the BFBN ladies, Natasha and Katrina, are taking you through just these challenges.
First we have Natasha with tips on how to survive the first few weeks of breastfeeding. This is so helpful because even as a second time mom I forgot just how much time you actually spend feeding your child. How do you get anything else done? She gives us permission to let things go for a couple of weeks, writing:
Don’t. Just don’t. I know this isn’t totally realistic, but for real, decide what the bare minimum is that you can get by with and do that. Use paper plates and plastic utensils. Let the clean laundry stay in the baskets instead of being folded and put away. So everyone looks a tad wrinkly and mismatched for a few weeks? Who cares! You didn’t have to fold that laundry so #winning.”
Check out the rest of her post: How To Survive the First Few Weeks of Breastfeeding.
Next up is Katrina. One way to feel more prepared to handle breastfeeding and the rest of life is to feed on a schedule. I know, that can be frowned upon, but it is very possible. Katrina found great success with schedules (I did too!). She writes:
“I cannot say enough good things about using schedules while breastfeeding. Without the use of schedules, I honestly don’t think I would have kept up with breastfeeding. It’s hard to give up your body for someone else to just use as they please. Breastfeeding is just that. I appreciated having control, consistency, and knowing when I could leave the house. I rarely had to feed outside of my home, since we had such a great schedule to work around. It was such a great perk!”
You can read more benefits and tips from Katrina on the Advantages of Breastfeeding on a Schedule.