It Takes a Village: Breastfeeding Advice from our Community

It Takes A Village: Breastfeeding Advice from our Community

Thursday, 8/4/2016

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! August 1-7 is celebrated around the world to support and raise awareness regarding breastfeeding. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, and Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we’ve compiled breastfeeding advice from our Facebook community.

Submissions may have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Ask for help and support. Several moms suggested to reach out to someone, such as a lactation consultant or breastfeeding support group, when you are unsure of something or need to discuss your experience with someone. There are many people who are dedicated to helping moms breastfeed!

“Don’t be afraid of using your lactation consultant. They’re available for a reason.” – Beth G.

“Surround yourself with trusty supporters, you might need and definitely deserve encouragement.” – Darci O.

“There’s SO much support for you! Reach out!” – Chelle D.

Take care of yourself. You are taking on an important job of nourishing your baby by breastfeeding, but don’t forget to practice self-care as well. Your well-being is key!

“Drink lots of water, take your vitamins, and never give up! The end result of a healthier baby and a healthier momma is so worth it.” – Tiffanie K.

“My biggest tip for all new mamas- take care of YOU. Breastfeeding is hard, emotionally and physically. Rest any chance you get, ask for help, eat well and drink tons, and trust yourself.” – Michele D.

“Drink plenty of water and add some fruit to it so that you don’t get tired of the same H2O!!” – Jenn R.

Stick with it. Breastfeeding doesn’t always come easily, but many moms offered words of encouragement for any mom who might be struggling.

“Don’t forget you are an awesome mom and you are doing something amazing!” – Ada A.

“Just hang in there…. it does get easier and both you and baby will benefit so much!” – Amanda S.

“Honestly, my best advice is “it’s okay.” When you are breastfeeding and aren’t producing the amounts you think you should = it’s okay. If you are tired and need help = it’s okay to ask.” – Adrienne J.

“You are a miraculous being with a beautiful blessing. You made it through the journey of pregnancy and child birth. Breastfeeding is another milestone that you’re going to make it through. Be patient with yourself and your beautiful bundle. You’re one beautifully strong being and you got this girly!” – Safiyyah H.

For more information about Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, click here.

Baby breastfeeding
Submitted by Stephanie V.
Collage of syringes and bottles of breastmilk
Submitted by Carrie Ann
Collage of pumping parts and pumped breastmilk
Submitted by Alyssa P.