My Take Tuesday: Breastfeeding....

I have decided to post "my take" on certain topics each Tuesday!
I shall call it .....My Take Tuesday!
Clever stuff, right!?

My first topic is breastfeeding...
(that picture makes me LAUGH)

When I was pregnant with Vincent I knew two things for sure...
I wanted to go all natural and breastfeed...
After I succeeded the first I was more than ready to take on the "battle" of breastfeeding...
(side-note: I refer to a lot of mothering things as "battles")
Because it truly is a battle...every day of it...
but it is so worth it...

I had no idea what to expect going into breastfeeding but I tried to read up and learn all that I could...
I heard that starting breastfeeding ASAP after birth was a key...
as soon as I got my hands on both the boys I started the process...
Vincent took right to it...thank the Lord...
I thought I had won the battle right out of the gate...silly me.
Then the pain came...the milk supply kicked in full effect and my boobs hurt like HELL!
I loathe that feeling....it's equivilent to the "ring of fire" during birth.
And when you are in that painful stage and they have trouble latching on (Luke!!)....
HOLY HELL....
I could not even handle it...I would seriously cry and get so frustrated which did not HELP at all...
I just had to suck it up for the time being...
While you are in the hospital...ASK QUESTIONS...have the lactation lady come in and help...
I think that was a BIG key for me understanding with Vincent...
The more you feed your baby the less it hurts...
After the weeks went by it came natural to me.

My one kind of downfall (if you will) is that I am super closed off when it comes to breastfeeding?
ANYONE ELSE LIKE ME!?
I am NOT a very open person with my ta-tas hanging out...
I always hide out in my bedroom feeding when anyone but Jordan is around...
During mass or if we were out to dinner and the baby would need fed I would no joke go in the bathroom and sit in the stall...
I do not know what my deal is...
and I know some ladies think hiding out is not cool or fair to breastfeeding moms, but I say do what you feel is right for you and the bathroom stall is my friend...
I thought in time it would change but I was the exact same way with Luke...
I do not feel weirded out if my friends breastfeed near me...
My friend Chrissy is my idol she can walk, breastfeed and carry on a conversation...baller
I kind of envy others being so laid back with it...
I am such a loser haha
But I feel weird doing it in front of people...
I guess I just envision the worst case scenario like the entire church seeing my ta-tas! 
I am crazy if you have not caught on to that yet....
Maybe with babe #3 I will be more laid back since I will not be able to sneak away as easily....
Who knows...
So I have zero advice on breastfeeding cover-ups...if you have advice on some...HOOK ME UP!

Here are things I have learned and can give advice on...

*Breast Pads are a must...
Don't be stupid like me....  I ordered some like this from etsy...
Reusable Breast Pads Custom Boutique Newborn Baby Breastfeeding Nursing Pads 12 Pack
Cute right!?!?...
Ya, that is ALL they are...CUTE...
It is NOT so cute when you leak through your dress at church right before walking up to communion...
So save yourself the embarassment and get ones that ABSORB...
My faves are Lansinoh Breast Pads
Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads - 60 CT
They absorb the milk and turn it into this gel...no leaking here ladies!

*Nursing Tanks are where it's at...
My faves are from Gillian & O'Malley @ Target...this is ALL I wore for the first few months...
They are so quick and easy to use and they layer perfectly!
I always got a smaller size to slowly bring by belly back into shape...
Gilligan & O'Malley® Women's Full Sling Long Nursing Tank - Assorted Colors

*BYE BYE Baby Weight....
I lost all my baby weight (or within 5lbs) within 3-4 months...
You may think "Oh she must not have gained a lot"
Well you would be VERY mistaken...
I really took the eating for 2 seriously....
With Vincent I gained 70 and with Luke it was 50-60...
I do not like to work out at all so clearly the weight loss came directly from breastfeeding!
(or so I like to think) But I think it had A LOT to do with it because you burn A TON of calories producing.

*It's easy....
Once you get over the tiny painful period...
You never have to warm a bottle up...or search for pieces and parts to bottles..
(I am notorious for losing those little pieces...ugh)
Your cafeteria is open 247!...
My husband refers to me as the cafeteria while I am breastfeeding haha...

*Cancer Protection....
Research shows that breastfeeding lowers your risk of some breast and ovarian cancers..
Clearly I am not a doctor...
But anything that is beneficial for my babe and also ME is ROCKING!

*Get a GOOD PUMP...
I stay at home so I really did not need a pump...it was more for me to get a break and others to feed...
With Vincent I just bought a cheapo single pump and it sucked...literally...but it got the job done...
When Luke came I demanded a good pump...
I got the Ameda Purley Yours Double Pump...
((gates of heaven opening and angels singing))
All I can say is WOW....This bad boy would pump 8oz in 5 minutes...
My old POS would take probably a half hour to get there!
I love this pump...I have heard amazing things about Medela Pump in Style...
A good pump is worth the money!!

I hope I did not miss anything but if you are pregnant and trying to decide what to do,
Give breastfeeding a shot! It is rough at the beginning but the rewards are worth it!

Do you have any tips or tricks to make breastfeeding better?
Let me know about those covers ladies!?
XOXO

Next week I am going to discuss: Natural Childbirth...yee haw!

9 comments:

  1. Goooo breastfeeding! Even though I only got to experience it for a few short weeks with Sophie, I can't wait to dominate with this baby.

    I actually think I'm going to be like you when it comes to breastfeeding, though. I don't see myself whipping it out very openly around other people (other than Brice). It's not really that I care or think it's wrong to do so in public, it's that I just think I'll be more comfortable all around if I can enjoy it privately. But we shall see!

    I'm super excited to read what you have to say about natural childbirth!

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  2. YOU. CRACK. ME. UP! I have been very fortunate so far and haven’t had a lot of struggles with breastfeeding. In the hospital our biggest struggle was getting Claira to latch back on after she would fall off. She would get so fired up trying to get it back in her mouth (head thrashing all over the place) that it was sooooo hard to make a connection again. Seriously the nurse and I tried for an hour one time. She kept almost latching...then would fall off! Jeepers!

    Knock on wood...I have never had to use any cream and barely had to use the nursing pads. I only used the pads in the beginning while "the girls" were trying to figure out the right milk supply for the babe.

    I would agree the worst of the pain was in the 1st 2 weeks. Every time Claira would go to nurse my toes would curl in pain when she would 1st latched on. But once the milk started flowing…no more pain!
    My sister would make fun of me because she said I was ALWAYS feeding Claira. It’s true I would (and still do) nurse her whenever she wants it; even if it’s sooner then 2 hours. I think that in itself can frustrate a lot of mommas. Because the 2 hour mark is not from when they finish…it’s from when they start. So if your babe is 45 min nurser in the beginning…it doesn’t leave you a lot of time in between feeds to get things done!

    As you mentioned I pretty openly breastfeed! A lot of mommas are not comfortable with that, but like you said…a mommas got to do what feels best for them. The more comfortable you are the easier it will be to stick with it and enjoy it. My take on it is I don’t like being tied down to one spot just because I’m nursing. I still want to be able to enjoy company that’s over, or MY FAIR FOOD (lol), shopping, or whatever while I’m nursing! I try to take into consideration that not all the people around me may be comfortable knowing that under the blanket on my shoulder is a cute little baby feeding on her mama’s tata…but usually I do it just about anywhere I am! It’s the way God made it, so everyone else can just deal with it! Lol

    And what makes it so easy to breastfeed wherever I am is BREASTFEEDING TANKS! LOVE THEM!! It makes it really easy can you can totally just pull up the shirt your wearing and whip out the girls because you have your tank that is completely covering everything else. LOVE THEM! I have had to find shirts that are a little more breastfeeding friendly. Meaning BAGGIER! But come on…who wants to wear anything tight right after they had a baby anyway! So that was no biggie.

    Ok, I could go on, but I’m stopping now because I have literally wrote a whole post within YOUR post. Apparently I need to write my own post about it! Lol.

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  3. I AM SOO PRO BRESTFEEDING!!! It can be so hard and painful in the begining, but it is so worth going through. Logun was a pro latching on my left side, but for some reason would not, for the life of me, latch on my right. It was very discouraging, but then I learned of a nipple shield and he latched on perfectly (this also helped him take a bottle when I went back to work, since the shield is almost like a bottle nipple). And when I went back to work, we got the Medela Pump and it was wonderful!!! That bad boy stuck with me through 9 months of pumping, 3 times a day, everyday, while is was at work! I love that thing!! I pumped soo much that the machine noise started sounding like words haha!

    I only got to breastfed Logun till he was 9 months because my milk supply stopped and that was a very hard time for me, to accept that I couldn't give him enough milk, but we got through it and he only had formula for 3 months.

    O and as for the breastfeeding in public, I was alwasy to scared too. I don't kno why I felt uncomfortable. I would try to plan going out to eat or shopping around Log's schedule. One time on the way home from the mall (30 min drive) he had to eat, so I had to hold myself up to him in his carseat while he ate, and my husband drove. Of course he had to eat almost the whole way home! That was the longest 30 mins of my life haha!

    Sorry I left a long post too. I didn't realize I would have so much to say about breastfeeding! Good topic :)

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  4. I love your new topic tuesday! Love it.

    and im so with you on the tank tops. oh wait, did i mention i still wear them sometimes? thats how much i love them :)

    i have a "hooter hider" that i loved... my aunt made it for me and if youre interested, ill have her make you one!

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  5. I would like to pump if I ever had another child. I formula fed with my first two. My pregnancies were very complicated and I just really wanted my body back. Selfish, I know. But my children came out healthy and still are to this day. With that said, I do have regrets and I am 100% for breastfeeding. To all the mothers who do breastfeed, serious kudos. I've read other stories of frustration such as your own, and I feel guilty for complaining about how annoying it was to mix formula. It's really not difficult at all in comparison. I do have to say I disagree on some points here. For instance, not all women who breastfeed shed their baby weight so easily. I have a close friend who is still breastfeeding her 12 month old and struggles with the baby weight she has yet to lose. I didn't breastfeed and lost 27lbs in the first 10 days of my daughter's life. I still consider the weight loss very much a luck of the draw type of thing. As for breastfeeding in public, hey, baby has to eat. I'm all for it. The convenience, as you mentioned, of not having to warm a bottle would be wonderful. I myself do not feel at all offended by a woman sitting in public breastfeeding her child, but for the sake of the people who do feel uncomfortable I think it's appropriate for the mother to cover herself.

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  6. Yay breastfeeding! After having a very difficult time breastfeeding my second son I am so, so for breastfeeding.

    I was a very public nurser. My son also nursed a LOT, though, and there's no way I could have left the house before he was 2 years old if I didn't very quickly get ok with nursing in public. And it makes life so much easier. I just suggest diving into it. You get used to it fast.

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  7. I'm 10000000% pro breast feeding too! :)

    I use these things called "utter covers" and they're nursing covers that are awesome! Most of the time you can get them for free & all you have to pay is shipping! I really don't mind sending you one to see if you like it & if you do then you can buy more! I love it!

    I do agree that a pump is a good thing- a good pump. I have the medela pump and it's amazzzing! I love, love it & what's even better is that my insurance reimbursed me for it! WOO!

    But during the first few months I wouldn't nurse in public...but now? I nurse wherever/whenever if she's hungry. I guess I got over that stage. :P

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  8. so i am going to be way honest & was totally upset when i saw your post! i hate {i hate using that word ha} breastfeeding post that honest make people feel like shit & shoove it down your throat!
    but yours was not & i was glad :)
    seriously more people need to post like this about breastfeeding.
    awesome post! & whooaa for our bad ass pump!

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  9. Hurrah to breastfeeding. I was a lot like you while pregnant I knew I was going to breastfeed and go full throttle in it. So glad I did:)

    I agree the first month or so is kind of difficult trying to get the hang of things. After that it should be smooth sailing...for most people.

    Invest in good products (pump, nursing bras/tanks, nursing pads) they will be your godsend.

    Thanks for sharing:)

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