Who knew you could spend so much time feeding a baby? I certainly didn’t. Though now I feel pretty comfortable with breastfeeding, I didn’t feel this way in the beginning. I had no clue what I was doing, my breasts were hard, sore, and my nipples were on fire! I quickly realized I was going down in the breastfeeding arena. So I reached out to lactation consultant, Freda Eisenberg, who showed up at my house a few hours later to enlighten me in all things breastfeeding. When in doubt, always turn to the experts—thats my motto.
9 tips that shifted my breastfeeding journey by lactation consultant, Freda Eisenberg.
- Lower or avoid consumption: Dairy (casein, caseinett, whey), soy (lecithin), eggs, and gluten.
- Add or increase consumption: fenugreek, steel cut oatmeal, almonds (rinsed and soaked), nutritional yeast, dates, sesame seed/oil, apricots, moringa, garlic, and fennel.
- Massage breasts with oil (use coconut or almond oil).
- Use a soft brush to brush your breasts. I used my rose quartz face roller and it worked wonders.
- Cold & hot compress. Ice packs and hot towels. Alternate 5 minutes each.
- Feed on demand. Don't pump early on as it interferes with organic supply and demand.
- Only breastfeeding pillow that actually works, and we both recommend it—My Brest Friend. Available on Amazon or mybrestfriend.com.
- Use a nursing stool when feeding, it's really helpful to mom’s posture.
- If your baby has gas eat fresh fennel, mint, and ginger.