Breastfeeding: 5 Things I wish I knew before starting

hi guys this is vedera and i hope you're

doing well so today i'm going to talk to

you about five things that I wish I had

known about breastfeeding before I began

it would have saved me a lot of stress

at least in the beginning and I wish

someone had told me about these things

then so here I am sharing them with you

I hope you find these useful these are

like the basics of breastfeeding that I

think every mom should know before she

gives birth if you would intend to

breastfeed the first thing of wish I'd

known is the most important and that it

is not always easy

breastfeeding is made out to be this

natural thing that just mothers know how

to do of course our bodies are designed

to breastfeed once the baby is born but

it doesn't always come naturally to us

and there are a lot of challenges in the

beginning for most moms out there and

there is a lot of information a lot of

resources that we can use to help us

through this struggle in the beginning

so it's good to be aware that it's not

always easy for everyone so that it

won't be a shock like I was surprised

that I was surprised how hard it was for

me in the beginning we had issues with

latching we had issues with supply and

they all sorted themselves out but that

initial period was full of stress for me

with regards to breastfeeding so it's

not always easy and it doesn't always

start off with a bang especially if

you're a first-time mom so that is one

thing I wish I had known the second

thing I wish I had known was that it's

all about demand and supply so there's

no such thing as a set quantity that

your body is going to produce every day

and be done with it

the body responds to your child's cues

and if the if the baby is more hungry

and nursing more frequently it sends a

signal to your body to start producing

more breast milk so it's all about

demand and supply so in the first few

days after the baby is born we don't

produce much milk at all so it takes

three or four days for the milk supply

to actually kick in so the first few

days of a baby's life their stomach is

the size of a pea that's how tiny it is

so it doesn't take much to fill up that

stomach and it doesn't take much to

empty it so they need small very small a

few drops of breast milk at a time and

they need it more frequently and that's

exactly what our body produces our body

produces something called colostrum

which is a thick yellowish substance and

it's very little in quantity so your

milk production doesn't start until a

few days after the baby is born

especially if you're a first-time mom I

was expecting my milk to just come in

with a bang and I was very nervous that

it wasn't coming in so it turns out that

this colostrum is full of nutrients and

it's more than enough for a baby in

those first few days the next thing I

wish I had known was that not all breast

milk is the same and the composition of

breast milk changes during the day and

also during every field so there's

something called foremilk and hindmilk

so because the baby is completely

dependent on breast milk for its

hydration as well as nutrients they

don't take any other water right so the

first few minutes of feeding the baby is

going to get the Ford milk which is the

more watery more thin kind of milk that

quenches their thirst and gets the

supply going and after the for milk is

you know being fed then comes in the

hind milk which is more thicker and more

fatty so this is what helps the baby get

those calories in so in every feed we

have to make sure that the baby is

getting the hind milk which comes in

later in the feed so if the baby is

having milk on one side just for a few

minutes and just unlatching and you

switch them over to the other side and

they're getting the four milk from that

side also they are missing out on the

hind milk which has more calories so to

make sure that we get both foremilk and

hindmilk from each side I talked to a

lactation consultant and this is advice

they gave me let's say I'm starting the

feed on my left side I would let the

baby continue feeding until he was full

on the left side and

unlatches on his own and then I would

pick him up burp him and then switch him

over to the other side and let him have

some of the for milk that's coming out

so then that way my left breast is

completely drained and the right dress

some of the for milk is you know also

going into his body that way he's

getting all the hind milk from my left

side and during the next feed I would

start on my right side let him get

completely full and then burp him and

switch him over to the left side I hope

this is making sense but it turned out

to be excellent advice because both

sides were getting drained in alternate

feeds and I was able to give him the

hind milk that he so requires during

those first few days or weeks so I used

a little app that helped me track which

side I was feeding on because I was

doing it so frequently sometimes you get

a it's easy to lose track you can use an

app like that or you know your body will

tell you'll feel a little bit lighter on

the side you fed and then you can feed

on the other side the next time that is

one thing that I wish I had known before

fourth thing that I wish I had known was

that latching is everything like we

struggled for a good one months to get

the latch right I know some babies just

get it right right off the bat and some

babies struggle for much longer than

that it's completely different for

everybody but getting the latch right is

one of the most important parts of

breastfeeding in my opinion because

otherwise the mom is in a lot of pain we

have cracked skin sore nipples

sometimes bleeding and it makes the

whole experience very painful and I had

a few rough days too in the beginning

and the lactation consultant again was

very helpful she gave me this thing

called the nipple shield which is

basically a thin piece of silicone that

goes off over your nipple and is kind of

protective and the baby is finds it

easier to latch on to the shield

sometimes which is what happened with me

though I use this in addition to pumping

and bottle feeding because this is still

breastfeeding it was just giving me a

little bit of

health so I recommend checking it out if

you're having trouble with latch it

might be a good thing to try the last

thing I wish I had known about

breastfeeding is how important rest is

for breastfeeding well it is equally

important as as is your diet your the

vitamins you take the pump you're using

the bottles you're using the you know

the latch your baby has having enough

rest is equally important because during

those periods of rest is when your body

is actually making breast milk you know

between those nursing sessions so

getting enough rest and sleep is very

important like at I actually saw when I

was you know I was genuinely

sleep-deprived in the beginning but when

I was extra sleep-deprived where I was

trying to do everything that's when my

supply dropped so do whatever you can to

get some rest if you have a partner or

or a parent or someone else who can help

you with a few phoebs let them take over

it's completely okay to pump and keep

some milk in the fridge so that they can

warm it up and give them to the baby

while you're asleep you do not have to

do it all yourself

trust me I cannot stress hard enough how

important it is for a mother to get some

on to uninterrupted sleep at least for a

few hours in the night or during the day

whatever works for you so that's it

those were the tips I wish I had known

before I started this journey and if

I've missed something out do let me know

it will be so helpful for all the other

moms and I'll see you next time until

then take care bye