Here is a quick summary of key things moms-to-be/new moms should take note of with regards to breastfeeding. Do note that this post is based largely on my personal experience and the experiences of friends. If you have any health concerns/questions, you should seek professional help (i.e. lactation consultant/your doctor). Let me know in the comments section if there is anything else I should add.
It’s been more than a year since I started breastfeeding E, and yes, it does feel like forever, but when I reflect on it, it was just yesterday that E first latched on, my nipples were sore as heck, I cried because E wouldn’t latch on and struggled for the next 2 weeks or so till E started latching on again. The story is much longer that the few lines I just typed.
During my pregnancy I didn’t really have to buy any maternity clothes as a friend had passed me some and I also got by with larger sized t-shirts and yoga pants.
Before I gave birth to E one of the things I was most concerned about was breastfeeding. I was even more worried about it than labor. However, I have been blessed with friends who have been through/are going through the whole breastfeeding experience and many of them offered tons of helpful advice and encouragement. If you do plan to breastfeed your baby, the best advice I can give you is to hang around and get to know other moms who also breastfeed. It is important to encourage each other during this period as one’s breastfeeding journey has many ups and downs. Also, if you can, find a good lactation consultant to help you. They are an invaluable resource.