“Breast is best.”
Months before I had my first daughter I saw those phrases repeatedly online. But before I had kids, breastfeeding was anything but normal to me. I was a formula fed baby, and growing up I helped feed my little sisters. Bottle feeding was all I knew. During my first pregnancy I had so much anxiety surrounding weather or not breastfeeding would work for me and what that would mean for my baby.
Photo by Paige Wilks
I wound up deciding I would at least try. Though I didn’t have my family to look to for examples of breastfeeding, I did have their support. I also had support of friends who’d recently had babies, and I reached out to the local La Leche League community. With their help, some determination, and a dash of good luck, I got the hang of it. And I nursed and pumped while working full time and breastfed my first two children for 17 months.
I wanted to be a part of supporting other mothers who want to breastfeed. Especially in the Black community where I think many new moms like myself don’t always have generations of breastfeeders to look to as examples.
My own little sister had a rough time breastfeeding her daughter at first, and she thought of giving up. I told her I’d support her either way, and called and encouraged her through a rough patch and they made it through. She wound up nursing my niece for almost a year.
Strong people can stand up for themselves, but stronger people stand up for others. If we support each other as moms, we can do incredible things.
Today, mom to mom, I’m going to share a little something that’s helped make my breastfeeding journey a bit brighter.
There is never a time I’ve sat on my butt so much in my life more than when I’m nursing. And it never failed, as soon as I sat down and got baby latched on, I remember something I forgot I needed: A glass of water, a snack, that book I was reading, or my phone. I’ve put together a handy nursing essentials basket. Or as I like to call it a lactation station.
When I’m nursing I’m always starving, so I make sure to keep it stocked with lots of snacks. Some of my favorite are the Munchkin lactation cookies. They sent me a box of the chocolate salted caramel and I ate them up so fast I bought two more boxes. Another of the chocolate salted caramel and a box of the oatmeal chocolate chip (that turned out to be equally delicious). I also bought some extra mixed berry Munchkin lactation bars. I love them with breakfast.
Here is how I keep my lactation station packed:
Munchkin lactation cookies
Munchkin lactation bars
Vitamin D drops
External phone charger
A book or ebook
And if I’m in another room I can ask someone to bring me something from the basket, or the whole basket itself.
Breastfeeding isn’t always easy. And It can feel limiting when you’re trapped on the couch with a baby that wants to eat and eat and eat. But I’ve found when I’m tired and sore a little thing like a handy basket of yummy snacks can make a big difference in the moment. Did you have a breastfeeding support system?
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