Breastfeeding Tips from a Mom of Three
“Do your boobs hang low, do they wobble to and fro? Can you tie ’em in a knot, can you tie ’em in bow? Can you throw them over your shoulder like a continental soldier? Do your boobs hang low?”
As funny as my tweaks to that classic song are, I totally feel like it’s 100% true. I started my nursing journey more than five years ago with barely there “A” cups, and let’s just say that I’m moving down the alphabet in terms of cup sizes the more I nurse my babies.
I’ve collectively been nursing for four years. That means four years of having my boobs change drastically, and literally having tiny humans suck their life-giving milk out of me. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it.
Since I’ve been there, done that, and my third baby doesn’t seem to have any intention on stopping anytime soon, I wanted to share some breastfeeding tips and secrets I’ve learned over the past several years.
This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of The Breastfeeding Shop via SoFluential Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Stop, Slow Down, and Enjoy It
This one’s going first, because I’m nearing the end of my breastfeeding journey, so it’s on the forefront of my mind lately. You may be at the beginning of the road and it seems like all you’re doing is nursing. It can literally be a time-suck, and I get that, but just know you won’t always be feeding your little one every 2-3 hours (or more…cluster feeding is so hard).
As your baby grows, they’ll start needing less of your time, which will make your time with them even more precious. Try to enjoy it. Pick out your favorite features as they’re in the comfort of your arms. Stroke their hair, their ears, or rub their back.
You’ll hear it time and time again, but these days of giving everything you have to them are so, so long, but the years are short. Before you know it you’ll be down to only nursing them once a day, and then—BAM—one day it will end, and you’ll wonder how it happened so quickly.
Especially as they get older and especially as you have more kids, it’ll be so easy to want to just stop a nursing session early, or try to hurry them along, but stop and soak in their baby-hood, because one day it will all be over and you may just miss it.
Get a good nursing bra
I’ve mentioned this before in a post with all the things you need to breastfeed, but finding the right nursing bra is vital in my book. You want one that’s going to be comfortable and can grow with you, and will last and hold up. I get the same new bra for each baby, and it’s just so comfortable. I actually need to start bra shopping again for a non-nursing bra, and I’m absolutely dreading it.
Skip the Nursing Cover, Breastfeed in Public, and Still be Discreet.
Okay, this tip is for when your little one is still little and not wanting to play gymnastics all over you during a nursing session. Fancy covers out there are excellent, and if they float your boat then go for it. But if you want to ditch the nursing cover, wear a long tank top under your top, and then use your shirt (the one on top) as a way to cover your exposed boob.
My favorite tanks for under the shirt are from Maurices and the two-pack nursing tanks from H&M. They’ve both kept their shape and are long enough to cover everything, everywhere.
Once your baby starts getting mobile and curious about the world he may start popping on and off and looking everywhere, so just be prepared for possible boob exposure when that happens. But when they’re actually nursing, their head will most likely cover whatever your under shirt and over shirt isn’t hiding.
If you’re not sure about this method, try it at home and practice before doing it out in public.
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Have the Right Equipment
Yeah, yeah, yeah, all you need to nurse are boobs, but really, a few more things are quite nice to have around. Like a breast pump, for example.
Even if you’re nursing exclusively, don’t write off the idea of having a pump just yet. They can be AMAZING. Having a little stockpile of frozen milk isn’t just nice for when you’d like a nursing session off (say, at 3 am, for example), or maybe when you want to go on a date, or possibly later down the road and you need to use some of your magic milk to help with something like pink eye. It’s just nice to have.
And if you’re a military spouse, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t have one, because Tricare doesn’t just cover them—they give one to you at absolutely no cost. Getting one is easy…like, ridiculously easy. All you have to do is upload your prescription to The Breastfeeding Shop, pick your pump (there are more than 9 to choose from), and they’ll take care of the rest.
This is like night and day different from how I got my first pump years ago, and I highly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity. You can get your prescription for a pump from your OB doctor or some pediatricians will also write one for you. The Breastfeeding Shop can also obtain it for you if you provide the right info (this is the route I took since I knew I’d probably lose the prescription.
But wait! That’s not all!
Tricare will also pay and cover additional accessories for your pump, and let me tell you: this is incredibly amazing, because even if you don’t use your pump often, you should still change out your parts. Click that box on the form so you don’t miss out on getting pump parts shipped right to your door.
Talk About It
Here’s a huge breastfeeding tip: If you’re struggling with nursing and want to continue, talk about it. Find a trusted friend who’s been there and done that, and talk about it with her. Search for a lactation consultant and set up a session or two. And if the two of you don’t jive for some reason, find someone else.
There may be a movement to normalize breastfeeding, but no matter how much attention breastfeeding gets, nursing is hard, and it’s definitely not easy—especially at the beginning. So if you have questions or concerns, chat about it with someone who can help.
We aren’t meant to do this mom thing alone. Find a breastfeeding group, or heck, just start up a conversation with a mom at a park. If there’s one thing new moms love to talk about it’s about our labor stories, our boobs, and our kids.
This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about breastfeeding tips. If you’re looking for more posts, check out my archive here.
Okay, mamas…your turn. What are your tips for breastfeeding, and do you have a pump? Was it a breeze to get?
These are great tips! I nursed both my girls until they turned one, and I’m glad I did. The bra thing is super important. I wish I would have invested a little more time and money into that at the beginning of my nursing journey.
My goodness your baby is precious! I actually have the opposite problem I went from a C cup to an A cup after nursing my three babies. I lost my breasts and gained every other place!!
Oh my goodness!! Although, without as much milk, mine are definitely becoming droopy and smaller. Oh, the things we go through!
Great tips, mama! Here I am, missing breastfeeding!
The best thing I would advise is that if it isn’t going well, ask for help from a friend, your mom, your doctor, or the lactation consultant.
Love these tips, totally saving for when my little ones come along!!
Hey Jess! These are great tips and I really have no tips to add since I wasn’t able to breastfeed any of my babies more than a couple weeks. My only tip is to get professional help as I did ( a lot!) if you’re having trouble or things just don’t go as planned or your body simply doesn’t do what you want it to do… ditch the guilt. Nourishing your beautiful baby is what’s most important so matter what it looks like. Great post!
yes, absolutely! FED is best!
Great tips. I’m still nursing my second and having the hardest time deciding if it’s time to be done or not. If it’s up to here we will still be nursing for a long time 😂😂 one tip would be to make sure you have snacks throughout the day and drink a ton! Especially at the beginning when it feels like all you do is nurse.
For sure! I have a few other posts about breastfeeding, and those tips are at the top of those lists—I didn’t drink or eat enough with my first baby, and it played a huge role in our nursing adventure. Lol and I thought i would nurse forever with my first two…and then I got pregnant and they both stopped cold turkey.
Great tips! I found having organized playtime for my older kids while I was nursing the youngest to be so helpful! 🙂
This is such a fantastic post and you share wonderful and helpful tips for breastfeeding. I love your blog! I’m not a mother, but I have so many friends and relatives who will greatly benefit from your fabulous insight. Keep on being beautiful and fabulous!
This is such a great post for new moms. I almost gave up breastfeeding after 2.weeks because my son just didn’t seem to be catching on and my boobs were so sore. I’m so glad I stuck with it because on the day I was about to give up, like magic something clicked. It was like a sign from the universe or something. Lol!
Oh my goodness, how incredible! My first daughter and I struggled A LOT, so I started becoming very outspoken about it and getting help if you need it. So happy it worked out for you!
What great tips, especially for those who are new to the experience of it! Time does fly and before you know it, they’ll be drinking coffee with you for breakfast! 💕
I love the beginning of the post! Thanks for sharing your secrets and tips. I didn’t know about The Breastfeeding Shop.
Amazing tips! I wish I would have a few of these with my first. He was a struggle. My second got it right away and I was able to nurse without pumping for 18 months!