Ask the Domestic Life Stylist: Tips for the Nursing Moms

by Lisa

Ask The Domestic Life Stylistlisa-lifestyleexpert-265-110

Lisa our resident fine living expert answers your questions each Thursday.

Submit a question here.

If you are a blogger, this is a great chance to have us feature and link to your blog!
__________________________________________________________________

I am pregnant with my first child and want to nurse her. However, the idea of nursing makes me nervous.  Can you offer any advice?
~Damilola

Tips for breastfeeding moms

First off, congratulations on your upcoming baby. Motherhood is the most inspiring, rewarding yet difficult  job you can ever have. I want to welcome you with my arms outstretched.  The fact that you have decided to breastfeed your baby is a wonderful thing! Mother’s milk is best for baby. Although nursing  is a big undertaking the good news is, there is lots of support.

Support

I am not sure when your baby is due but, start looking for support groups now. When you are tired and sleep deprived is probably not the best time to start looking for a support group to join.  Are you taking any child birth classes? That may a good place to start to find like-mined supportive women with the same goals as yours. Inform your doctor of your decision and include breastfeeding as part of your written birth plan. A staff that is well informed will be able to better assist you once your baby has been delivered.

Resources

Many hospitals not only offer birth classes, but have lactation consultants on staff to offer counsel to nursing moms during their hospital stay. If you need a lactation consultant after discharge, your local hospital should also be able to point you in the right direction.

Tap into resources from organizations like Le Leche League and find a support group near you. Seek out friends and family members that have successfully nursed before. Express your concerns and listen to their suggestions. If you have questions or concerns during breastfeeding (as you will inevitable will), address them right away as any delays could make a difference in your potential success.

Supplies

Start getting the supplies you need for breastfeeding right away. Include them on your gift registry if you have one. Things like a dual breast pump, lanolin (for sore nipples) and milk storage pumps are important to have even before you think the baby will be coming home. I wish you a timely delivery but, sometimes things don’t always go as planned.  Don’t forget to get 2-3 nursing covers as well. Make sure you really like the colors/patterns/print as well. Just because you are a mother now, doesn’t mean that you have lost your sense of style.

Again congratulations to you. You are about to embark on something really special.  Enjoy the journey!

More Posts About Nursing

Susan and Janice have written several posts about nursing that you may enjoy…

 

 

Come back on Thursday for another edition of “Ask The Domestic Life Stylist”.

Submit a question here.

You can also tweet a question to Dlifestylist on Twitter or email me at ask{at}thedomesticlifestylist{dot}com. I will select one question to answer every Thursday.

If you are a blogger, this is a great chance to have us feature and link to your blog.

Lisa is passionate about fine living and sharing with others how to live life at home with finesse and style. If you want to do the same, follow her blog at The Domestic Life Stylist or Facebook page.



Email Author    |    Website About Lisa

Lisa is the founder of The Domestic Life Stylist. A lifestyle blog that focuses on embracing "Living Life at Home with Finesse & Style". Lisa focuses on bringing flair to home, family and food amidst occasional domestic chaos but always great fun and fabulous food. Get her free guide: "15 Healthy Pantry Staples to Get Impressive Meals & Snacks on the Table + 3 Bonus Recipes by visiting her blog.

View all articles by

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jennifer (aka Hint Mama) February 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

Great tips! Here are some others for the list that might help those on a budget:

-Consider a reusable breast pump
-Skip special breast milk freezer bags in favor of breast milk ice cubes
http://hintmama.com/2014/01/28/todays-hint-how-to-frugally-store-frozen-breast-milk/
Jennifer (aka Hint Mama) recently posted..Today’s Hint: The Reusable Breast PumpMy Profile

Reply

2 Lisa-The Domestic Life Stylist March 1, 2014 at 12:06 am

What a great hint! This works great for homemade baby food as well.
Lisa-The Domestic Life Stylist recently posted..March Grocery Store Sale Cycles: What to Buy this MonthMy Profile

Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: