cheers to nursing moms

Cheers to all the moms who are nursing out there.  It’s National Breastfeeding Month!  It takes strength, courage, perseverance, and…pain tolerance to go on the breastfeeding journey.  TLW is a global wellness community that values acceptance of all choices moms make.  Moms get intense and sometimes a little judgy about whether and for how long other moms nurse.  But, we’re all in this motherhood thing together.  We applaud all mothers for feeding their babies and children in the best way that works for them.  Conventional standards say try to hang in there nursing for at least six months, but we know that life happens.

To celebrate moms who choose to breastfeed, we are dedicating this post to some tips to help you along the journey.  Moms who have just started, know that it gets easier.  All the leaking and pain will likely stop soon.  Your body is learning how much milk it needs to support your baby.  Your body has also become this cool food regulating tool.  The more milk you express, the more milk your body will make.  If you choose to exclusively nurse, you will have a larger supply.  If you choose to nurse only a few times a day, your supply will match that.

The key is to have patience as your body transitions based on the level of nursing you decide to do. The good news is, you can change anytime, but it will take your body time to catch up.  If you want to nurse more again or are experiencing challenges, you will have to exercise re-lactation strategies and possibly even get with a lactation consultant.  If you want to nurse less, begin by skipping one feeding every few days until you are down to the desired number of feedings.  Your body usually adjusts.

We consistently talk about the effects of stress on moms, women ttc, and women in general.  Stress effects hormones needed for breastfeeding too.  Be relaxed and prepared to connect with your baby during feedings.  Make sure you are fueling your body properly so that baby gets the appropriate nutrients.  You can restore your body after birth and ensure you are consuming the proper foods.  Remain mindful of the medications you take.  Always check with your personal physician and your pediatrician to assure the medication will not be toxic for your baby, since what your baby eats, you eat. There are also some medications that affect your milk supply, so be wary.  Conventional standards say try to hang in there for at least six months, but we know that life happens.  Stay strong in the breastfeeding journey for as long as you’d like to do so.  TLW is cheering you on, and we hope that your workplace and partners are too.