Did you finish breastfeeding before you were ready?

Nichole
St. Louis, MO
Breastfeeding Challenges

It’s not uncommon for new moms to feel worried or anxious about breastfeeding and pumping. There are so many unknowns that sometimes force moms to stop breastfeeding before they feel ready. One mom knows exactly what that feels like. She offers insight from her own breastfeeding experience to help you ensure that your experience becomes exactly what you want it to be.

Nichole's Tips

  • Keep an open mind. “How your nursing relationship worked with one baby may not impact how you nurse with the next. Go into breastfeeding with an open mind.”

  • Don’t let anxiety get the best of you. “With my first, I was so stressed out about pumping at work that I didn’t even try. Now I just try to take it one day at a time.”

  • Create a space for you and your partner. “My husband and I have a restaurant that’s just for us. We don’t even let ourselves talk about the kids over dinner. It makes our marriage stronger.”

  • Center yourself. “I’ve breastfed five children and I’ve had my fair share of set backs. I’ve found that when I’ve made the time to relax, my supply really evened out.”

  • Share nighttime feedings. “My husband and I both work, so we take turns on the night shift. Sharing that responsibility goes a long way in our marriage and really lowers my stress levels.”