Adjusting to Life as a Breastfeeding Mom
Bringing home a newborn is a life-changing experience! You’re exhausted and trying to learn what your brand new baby needs. One of the areas many moms struggle to figure out is how to handle life as a breastfeeding mom… so read on to learn how to handle this big new adjustment!
Some Things Aren’t Talked About Enough…
As a new mom, I had no idea how often newborns needed to nurse! On top of that, your baby can take up to 45 minutes for each feed and want to eat all the time.
Even when my third child was born last August, I had to plan for these long and frequent breastfeeding sessions. It can be hard for a new breastfeeding mom to get everything done that they need to while also feeding their child. In fact, this is still my life as my baby is less than a year old! One way we decided to combat this is by combo feeding. By both nursing and pumping, I can have friends or family give them a bottle when I need help but I still get to nurse as well!
Have a Breastfeeding Station
One of my best tips for breastfeeding a newborn is to have a station set up with all of the essentials. This is important whether you are pumping or nursing!
Make sure everything you could need is easily accessible since you will be spending a lot of time here. Here’s an example of my setup!
- Phone charger
- Water bottle
- TV remote
- Breast pump and flanges
- Nipple cream
- Book or magazine
Really you can add anything you need to be comfortable and keep from getting up!
You could even keep a mini-fridge near your breastfeeding station for easy breastmilk storage after pumping. My new obsession is the Junobie cooling cup! It plugs into my USB battery power pack right next to my phone and keeps my pumped milk cold for hours! It’s INCREDIBLE!
Having a breastfeeding station will make your life so much easier during this newborn phase… Just be prepared to sit there for a good amount of time each day as you make this adjustment!
Meal Prep Essentials for a Breastfeeding Mom
Planning, prepping, and putting together dinner each night can be a hassle…So having meal prep ideas in place can make your life so much easier!
Try to find meals that you can prepare quickly, easily, and one-handed. As a breastfeeding mom, you will find that multitasking will become second nature! There will be many times when you will have to do normal tasks one-handed, and making dinner is no exception!
A great option is Crock-Pot or Instant Pot meals where you can simply throw everything in and let it cook. You can also find tons of easy meals online like casseroles, sheet pan or skillet recipes, and freezer meals to prep and cook later.
Also, look for meals that are packed with good nutrients for a breastfeeding mom! You’ll need to stay at the top of your game because breastfeeding is a ton of work!
Ask For Help
Although you might want to, you simply can’t do it all. Allow others to help you in this newborn phase so that you can focus on spending time with your little one!
For example, you could have friends and family help with meal prep, cleaning, or getting some laundry done. Let others take over those everyday tasks while you take care of your new baby.
Wear a Supportive and Covering Bra
Lastly, one of the best tips for newborn breastfeeding is to wear a great breastfeeding bra!
If you are nursing around the clock, it may be easier at times to wear only a bra for easy access…However, you will still want coverage if you are nursing with friends and family around!
That’s where the Ella comes in. This nursing bra makes you feel beautiful while giving you plenty of coverage and easy nursing access!
I personally used the Ella when my little one was cluster feeding. Typically around the 3-6 week mark and at various times in their growth, babies feed a lot in order to build up your milk supply. You may feel like you are nursing for hours upon hours! If you want to learn more about cluster feeding, you can check out this Instagram reel where I talk all about it and how the Ella was an absolute lifesaver when my baby was going through these stages!
Being a Breastfeeding Mom is Tough!
It can seem like the newborn stage will never end… But it does get better! Feedings will space out and you will start to fall into a rhythm with your baby. Give yourself some grace and enjoy the time spent with your new little one!
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