6 Unexpected Tips for New Breastfeeding Moms
by Jacqueline Xu, an AirBear Mom ☺
1. Break the small breasts don’t have milk rumors
I am Asian, which are famous for small boobs, but when my baby drinks milk, the milk will squirt out all over her face. Milk production varies on a lot of factors, and not really correlated to the size of your boobs. So stay hydrated and be confident to breastfeed your baby. There’s no alternative to breast milk.
Working out strengthens your immune system, and can also boost your metabolism to help you produce more high-quality milk. Don’t think you don’t have the time, only 10–15 minutes every other day is wonderful, and you will get multiple productive benefits: Keeping fit, better rest, and a truly mama cow.
3. Blue Apron
Blue Apron delivers just the right ingredients for a yummy dinner — you don’t have to think about what to eat for the next meal or worry about making time for shopping. Every meal is nutritious and different. We have used Blue Apron for 6 months now, and there is no single meal duplicated. You can enjoy American, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Japanese, etc. It’s only $9.99 per person per meal. We have a few free weeks to offer fellow (hungry / sleepy) parents. Tweet at us — @airbearco — and we’ll hook it up.
4. A smart app to get on a great feeding schedule — Air Bear
Air Bear tracks your baby’s feeding activities, tells me how many minutes I have fed from left and right, and will give you a daily report of what you did. And, it is fun. After each feeding, the app will give me hi-five or award to encourage me to go on feeding and forget about the early stage of sore nipples and how tough I had to wake up in the middle of the night.
5. Listen to your boobs
Theoretically, the milk volume depends on how much your baby intakes, so when you feel too much milk in your boobs, that means your baby is hungry, at least for the first six months. Your body will produce more and less milk in response to your baby’s feeding activity and growth spurts.
6. Don’t switch boobs too fast
Depending on the speed of your milk, you should try to feed your baby at least 6–10 minutes on one boob before switching. The fatty extra-nutritious milk will come after the initial watery part, which babies need for brain development. People never talk about it, but it is one of the most important facts.
Have fun being a new Mom. Relish the craziness. And use some of these tricks to have more time and sanity to spend on the fun stuff!
What are some of your other tricks? Let us know.