This is the first in a multi-part series Ask Moxie is going to run on breastfeeding. My guest expert is Jamie. She's a lactation consultant, mother of four, raconteur, and tireless supporter of all things boobular. She's the person you want to talk to when your tits are in a vise (literally or not). In addition to writing these articles for Ask Moxie, she's written an amazing series of posts on breastfeeding, breastfeeding support, and breastfeeding in U.S. culture on her own blog. You should check them out.
And now, on with the show:
One thing that complicates breastfeeding for new mothers is the abundance of myths steering her in the wrong direction (or at least in unhelpful directions) as she's getting started.
- Feed the baby. If possible, your own expressed milk, given in whatever way works for your family. If you opt to use a bottle, this is a helpful article on using bottles to transition a baby back to the breast.
- Protect the milk supply. To bring in a milk supply, rent a hospital-grade pump. If your insurance company balks, an LC should be able to drop them a letter explaining why it's important.
- Fix the breastfeeding. If you can keep something relaxed happening at the breast, offering the baby a chance to nurse when you're both calm and he's not too hungry, many babies will catch on all on their own. Most will figure it out in time, with assistance from an experienced LC.