Being a new mother is the most incredible thing! You have this beautiful baby who you love more than anything. You want to give this baby the absolute best! So what is the absolute best? 81.1% of new mommies in the United States want to breastfeed their babies and end up quitting in the first 6 months. Why is that? Only 51.8% of mommies are breastfeeding to their babies 6 month mark, and less than 30% of babies receive breast milk to their first birthday.
The top 2 reasonings for mommies quitting are; the pain and reduced milk supply. You will have pain throughout your breastfeeding experience. Whether it’s from your first few weeks where your nipples are cracked, sore, and may even be bleeding. To the point in time where your little ones get their little chompers and think your nipple is a chew toy! (I know from experience) Reduced milk supply is a mommies worst nightmare! You have the perfect plan and you feel as if your body went in the complete opposite direction! No need to fear because I am here with 7 tips to be an successful breastfeeding mommy!
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Yes, yes….I know it’s been a while, but hear me out guys! I promise I wasn’t relaxing on a beach somewhere this whole time, or give up blogging. I was simply a bit preoccupied getting ready for a baby to come into this world. There is A LOT to do without my normal functioning body to get it done with. At least two days out of the week were taken up completely with appointments. About a third of each day was spent cleaning, another third researching, and the rest of the time I was catching some major zzz’s.
On my due date, there was no signs of labor. I didn’t have my baby, and I cried probably four times. I was still in great physical condition, and it frustrated me. Every time she kicked in the last two weeks, I really really wished I could hold that hand or foot that was poking out. Needless to say, I was dying to hold my baby.
Four days after my due date I had a doctors appointment. They asked me if I wanted to be induced or if I wanted to wait. I requested to be induced and was scheduled for 7:30 the next morning. After my appointment I did a lot of errands with my mother which took several hours.
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