Breastfeeding

8 Brilliant Breastfeeding Tips From a 3rd Time Mom

May 19, 2017

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I remember when I first got pregnant, I got so many breastfeeding tips but nothing really prepared me for the journey ahead.

My eldest was born via c-section after 20 plus hours of labor. The recovery was brutal as it was my first every surgery. Although breastfeeding seemed to go well those few days in the hospital, it got very hard when we got home. I was in pain from the surgery, exhausted, sleep-deprived and sore from breastfeeding. He was colicky the first 6 weeks so you can imagine how that went along with recovery.

Breastfeeding is definitely a struggle, which is why we have put together a list of things that helped me breastfeed successfully. These tips are things that I have learned as a third time mom that helped my babies stay breastfed for as long as I wanted them to. From supply concerns to pumping to pain management—we covered it all! #throughmamaseyes #breastfeeding #pumping #nursing #babies #newmom #baby #newborn

Breastfeeding Experience After First Baby

My first 2 weeks of breastfeeding consisted of fighting back tears every time my son latched because of the pain from cracked nipples. I remember him spitting up traces of blood sometimes which was very scary. I was advised to pump and feed him with a bottle till I healed.

However, I was determined to make it work. Society has made moms feel like they have to be super moms and manage everything. If one person could do it, so can you? No, because everybody is different. And being the perfectionist I am I couldn’t give up.

My eldest son was gaining weight normally so the pediatrician wasn’t worried about that at all. I got advice from a lovely sister in our local La Leche Group here, and also purchased some Medela Cooling Pads.

The Cooling Pads, along with Lanisoh Nipple Cream and Hot showers were what helped me get through that first phase. Eventually, I didn’t have any cracking and my son’s latch got a lot better and I wasn’t in pain. I nursed my son for 15 months before I decided to wean him when I was pregnant with my daughter.

Breastfeeding Experience After Second Baby

My second experience with my daughter was a lot better. She was also born via c-section after 40 hours of induced labor. I was in the hospital for 4 days after the labor.

With all that medication in my system, my colostrum was coming out in drops (much less than with my first) so it was a little bit of a struggle. She was constantly at my breast and it always felt like she wasn’t satisfied. It took 3 days for my milk to start coming in and when it did nursing got easier.

I didn’t crack and bleed as I did with my first. I was immensely sore from all the feeding (my daughter had a much stronger latch than my son), and in lots of pain from engorgement but with the cooling pads, Lanisoh cream, and heat treatment it helped a lot.

She fed lots during the day and wouldn’t take long naps so it felt like I was nursing lots more, however she slept for longer periods at night. They say every child is different and here I was with opposites!

Breastfeeding Experience After Third Baby

My birth with my 3rd was traumatic in its own way and ended up with another c-section. With my third who is now almost 10 months, breastfeeding has been so much easier. Nonetheless exhausting!

With all my kids I wanted to avoid any latching problems so before leaving the hospital I made sure to get the latch approved by the lactation consultants. They said I was doing great so I went home feeling pretty comfortable.

 

Breastfeeding is definitely a struggle, which is why we have put together a list of things that helped me breastfeed successfully. These tips are things that I have learned as a third time mom that helped my babies stay breastfed for as long as I wanted them to. From supply concerns to pumping to pain management—we covered it all! #throughmamaseyes #breastfeeding #pumping #nursing #babies #newmom #baby #newborn

Things I learned & Tips for New Breastfeeding Mothers

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1 – Supply Concerns

With each baby, the breastfeeding journey will be different. This also means your supply may vary as it is affected by diet and other factors. We tend to freak out when our supply dips a little and forget to consider the factors that may attribute to the dip.

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Firstly, it’s important to see if there have been any changes in how often the baby feeds. And whether we have drunk enough water that day, or whether maybe it’s that time of the month. I didn’t realize till 9 months into breastfeeding my son that supply dips when aunt Flo appears!

Also after a certain amount of time, our supply regulates and babies become more efficient at feeding. So their nursing sessions may be shorter, but that’s not a cause for worry unless you notice changes in their pee/poop or weight.

2 – Nursing Covers

With both the kids I used regular nursing covers as I nursed in public and also within public/family gatherings. After my second was born,  I came across ones with more coverage (Covered Goods & MilkMaid Goods).

I learned the hard way that as they grow older and more mobile, flashing mama would become a norm!

3 – Breastfeeding Positions

After terrible back pain from hunching over nursing my first born, I decided to use the side lay down position as much as possible with my second & third. It worked well especially since I got her a little propped up.

My first would get reflux because of laying down flat when nursing. However, using a nursing pillow was extremely helpful as well when nursing seated.

4 – Burp Burp Burp

I think I was too lazy to burp my first, and it ended up causing severe colicky crying. However, with my second I made sure to have her burp after every feed no matter how exhausting it was.

She was pretty stubborn with her burping like her elder brother but as time went by she got better and it helped avoid gassy issues.

5 – Nursing Essentials

Stock up on Lanisoh Cream, Medela Cooling Pads and anything you might need. Some moms use nipple shields temporarily during the first few days after birth to assist with latching.

6 – Don’t Give Up & Offer your support

I have heard and read about many moms who give up because they don’t have the support they need. If you feel like breastfeeding is not going well, don’t struggle and try to manage it on your own. Stress affects our supply heavily.

Reach out to a lactation specialist, breastfeeding support group or even your mommy friends who might have some information.

If you aren’t having any issues but know of a new mom who might be, check in on her and ask her how it’s going.  You reaching out to her gives her the confidence to ask for advice/help with a struggle she is going through.

7 – Pump it Up

A common difficulty amongst breastfeeding moms is that they can’t ever leave the baby behind if they go out. I was one of those moms but I didn’t pump nearly enough, so I would struggle at the last minute when I needed to have baby looked after.

Something I have heard from several moms that after about 6 weeks it’s a good time to start pumping every day/every few days to start building a stash for when you want to step out or let Baba feed the baby.

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There is always the concern about the bottle and how it might affect breastfeeding. Whilst every baby is different I can only advise not to introduce a bottle too late.

8 – Negative comments in one ear and out the other

Most mothers will hear comments like, “wow you are still breastfeeding”, “your baby is so big you don’t need to breastfeed them so often”,”you don’t need to breastfeed after 6 months/1 year”, “why don’t you use the bottle instead”, “are you going to nurse again??” just to name a few.

Please ignore them. Some comments might even come from family members or close friends. Don’t take it personally or tell them how the comment makes you feel.

Your personal choice doesn’t need to be explained to everyone nor do you have to feel bad about it. It’s a natural beautiful bonding experience for most mothers and no mama should be judged for it!

Random places I have nursed my kids

Now for the funny part! Breastfeeding comes with its own fun and awkward moments too!  There have been many places I nursed in/at that I never thought I would. Here we go, get ready to chuckle a bit:

  • Changing Room
  • Public Restroom because I had a dress at a wedding that wasn’t nursing friendly
  • Back Seat of the Car while  my baby is strapped into their car seat
  • In the shower when I can’t console or make my baby wait any longer
  • On the kitchen floor
  • Walking around the mall in the baby carrier
  • Cooking a meal,
  • Cutting my hair at the salon (under the nursing cover of course)
  • And there are many other more embarrassing graphic ones I shall spare you from hearing….

Here are some pictures of me nursing my babies:

Breastfeeding is definitely a struggle, which is why we have put together a list of things that helped me breastfeed successfully. These tips are things that I have learned as a third time mom that helped my babies stay breastfed for as long as I wanted them to. From supply concerns to pumping to pain management—we covered it all! #throughmamaseyes #breastfeeding #pumping #nursing #babies #newmom #baby #newborn

My husband trying to help me keep my son warm while I fed him on a windy cold day at the beach.

 

Breastfeeding is definitely a struggle, which is why we have put together a list of things that helped me breastfeed successfully. These tips are things that I have learned as a third time mom that helped my babies stay breastfed for as long as I wanted them to. From supply concerns to pumping to pain management—we covered it all! #throughmamaseyes #breastfeeding #pumping #nursing #babies #newmom #baby #newborn

We all know the multi-tasking breastfeeding moments when our other kids NEED something at that very moment! This was the MilkMaid Cover that has a gorgeous Design. Check out my review by clicking the image.

Breastfeeding is definitely a struggle, which is why we have put together a list of things that helped me breastfeed successfully. These tips are things that I have learned as a third time mom that helped my babies stay breastfed for as long as I wanted them to. From supply concerns to pumping to pain management—we covered it all! #throughmamaseyes #breastfeeding #pumping #nursing #babies #newmom #baby #newborn

Nursing my son on a boat ride and my brother who was visiting snapped a picture. Wish I could go back to being that thin!

 

Breastfeeding is definitely a struggle, which is why we have put together a list of things that helped me breastfeed successfully. These tips are things that I have learned as a third time mom that helped my babies stay breastfed for as long as I wanted them to. From supply concerns to pumping to pain management—we covered it all! #throughmamaseyes #breastfeeding #pumping #nursing #babies #newmom #baby #newborn

Nursing my son at Ikea Dubai on a bar on the floor because there were no seats available!

 

Breastfeeding is definitely a struggle, which is why we have put together a list of things that helped me breastfeed successfully. These tips are things that I have learned as a third time mom that helped my babies stay breastfed for as long as I wanted them to. From supply concerns to pumping to pain management—we covered it all! #throughmamaseyes #breastfeeding #pumping #nursing #babies #newmom #baby #newborn

Nursing my daughter during a photoshoot for Covered Goods Review

I hope these breastfeeding tips were useful for you Mama. Breastfeeding is such a beautiful bonding journey. It made me feel like I was able to provide them with what they needed to develop and grow especially in that first year.

Please do let me know if you have any questions and share what your most memorable breastfeeding experience is :)!

 

Breastfeeding is definitely a struggle, which is why we have put together a list of things that helped me breastfeed successfully. These tips are things that I have learned as a third time mom that helped my babies stay breastfed for as long as I wanted them to. From supply concerns to pumping to pain management—we covered it all! #throughmamaseyes #breastfeeding #pumping #nursing #babies #newmom #baby #newborn

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  • Reply
    Mica
    May 20, 2017 at 12:52 am

    This was a great post with such good advice! Thanks for sharing! I used that Lanisoh cream a lot in the early days too! 🙂 My breastfeeding journey with both my children was so different each time, it’s incredible how it can be so different with each baby. Getting help and support is so important especially for all the silly questions in the beginning! 🙂

    Hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you 🙂

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    Aicha
    May 20, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Thanks for sharing your personal experience and thoughts on nursing

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    Asbah
    May 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    It was beautiful and so relateable. I just weaned my almost 2yo two weeks back. And it is heart breaking when he still wants to bite me lol! But Alhamdolilah he understood thats this journey is over for him! Phew 3 years of BF for me too.

    I blog at amuslimmama.com

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    Janet Kozak
    May 22, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Thank you for being so honest about your experiences. I think that many women are nervous to talk about their hardships with breastfeeding for fear of what other mothers will think. I’m in the process of weaning my toddler and it is bittersweet since she is likely my last child. I will and *won’t* miss it. lol.

    Can I also say how GORGEOUS your BF pics are? I know that some of the situations are awkward, but you did a great job of capturing such beautiful moments.

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    Zainab Dokrat
    May 23, 2017 at 11:03 am

    This is so lovely to read, I will be sharing it with my friends who are expecting I think this is much more relate-able to them.

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    Kavita Singh
    May 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. Breastfeeding in public is still frowned upon in many places and I have witnessed it too. I loved your post and those are some really beautiful clicks. I am in the process of weaning my little one and this will surely help 😀

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    Sainab Sharif
    May 23, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    These are some great tips, no one ever prepares you for the difficulty of breastfeeding. My first was quite straight forward but I really struggled with my second.

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    Chelsea Padgett
    May 23, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    I’ve nursed everywhere! Nursing in a carrier was a life saver with second born!

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    Afreen
    May 24, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Great tips that every mother should know. Mostly mothers feel nervous to talk about hardships during breast feeding and feel awkward in public but your post is helpful.

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    Amina
    May 24, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Negative comments in one ear and out of the other of course….that is a very important *life principle* for mamas and sundry.

    The milk maid covers look awesome, you are a natural at using them… Masha Allah. Thanks for sharing your breastfeeding experience. I love the last addition of the awkward places.

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    ejnosillA/RedefiningHERstory
    May 24, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Great topic and I am so happy that you addressed and gave tips for breastfeeding in public. This was a much needed topic to be addressed and a wealth of information. Stay blessed my Sister… May ALLAH continue to bless you and your family!

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    Iman
    May 26, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Such lovely photos mashaAllah – the kids will love looking back on them. My favourite bf’ing memories are overcoming all the big hurdles – not latching for weeks, tongue tie etc and going on to breastfeed for several months 🙂 alhamdullilah

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    Yousra Naeem
    May 31, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Such an informative and beneficial post for all the mothers out there.
    Thank you for sharing!

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    Rebecca Davenport
    June 28, 2017 at 2:07 am

    I enjoyed reading the random places you have nursed! The other day I nursed while getting blood drawn – when baby’s hungry you gotta do what you gotta do!

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    Sumra
    November 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I cam across your blog today because I’m also doing a review for Ali Huda. Im so glad I found you! Absolutely love your blog, and this post in particular is fab. You are brave for nursing your babies, I know women who after having a traumatic C-sec just don’t have the energy to try. Nursing isn’t something I’ve written about yet (I’m skeptical because of aunties who may read about it on my blog) but it’s definitely challenging and we’re left unprepared for it.

    Hope to get to know you better through your blog. We visited Cali in Feb, and miss it everyday!

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      Sumra
      November 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Just remembered, I have nursed standing up in a bathroom stall also. Hehe

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        afra
        November 14, 2017 at 11:47 am

        Thank you <3 I will check out your blog iA!

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    Tonny
    April 16, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    You’re doing pretty well feeding in public. And look so happy! I had some trouble with feeding at first too. Problems with latching, because of the wrong position – now I know that. I’ve had this ebook „How to make breastfeeding pleasant and easy” by Susan Urban but got it too late and the damage to my nipples was done already. But thanks to that book I did not gave up! I’m planning the second baby now and will see how it goes the second time…

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