Top tips for successful breastfeeding

Breastfeeding requires a lot of time, patience and selflessness and it can be a lot of pressure, solely on you. It can feel like a weight on your shoulders some days and this may make you want to throw the towel in. But on the flip side, it can be one of the most natural and rewarding things you will ever d0.

I should point out that I am by no means a breastfeeding expert. My baby and I have been extremely lucky to have such a successful feeding relationship (we’ve just hit the six month mark) and I am very grateful for that.

I should also point out that not everyone is as ‘lucky’ as we have been. Sometimes, even after a lot of hard work, breastfeeding just doesn’t work out.

Hopefully, my tips help you along the path of success, so here they are

  1. (First and foremost) LOOK AFTER YOURSELF!
    You cannot expect your body to be able to look after and provide for someone else, if you are not taking care of its basic needs. This means:

    • EAT. It is essential for you to eat healthy, proper food. This is no time to start a diet or to have Mcdonalds for every meal . Make sure you have good food in the house and that its easy to make and eat. I relied on the freezer meals I cooked during my last trimester for my lunches as my newborn was on me ALL THE TIME.
    • DRINK ALL OF THE WATER. Not only will this aid your recovery AND be good for your skin and body, it’ll really help with the feeding and your supply.
    • REST. I know this is MUCH easier said than done when you have a small baby, but try your best to get in any rest where possible (Lie down on the floor with your baby when they are playing, try to have a little sit down when they sleep, etc.)
  2. BE CONFIDENT:
    So many women doubt / second guess themselves and their body’s abilities when it comes to breastfeeding. Your baby and your body really are amazing and they really will work together to help create what it is baby needs. Be confident!
  3. BE PATIENT:
    I remember those early days. Especially the first 5 days before my milk came in, my baby was literally on the boob 90% of the time and I wondered how i’d ever make it through. The next few months, her feeds would take about half an hour and would be every 1.5-2 hours. Now, she can finish a feed in about 4 minutes. Remember that it will get better, but try and use that ‘downtime’ to relax. I watched the whole series of Gilmore Girls in those early days. I’d just sit on the couch with my water and my baby and relax. I know the messy house might be yelling at you but who deserves your time more?
  4. DEMAND FEED:
    Is your baby hungry? Feed her. That simple. It might not work for everyone, but trying to put her on a strict schedule just seems so odd to me. Some days she might be more hungry (or thirsty) than others so why shouldn’t get get extra food. She might be going through a growth spurt and need it, or she might just be hot and need a drink. Think about how you feel when you’re hangry…
  5. NORMALISE BREASTFEEDING:
    Don’t hide it. Don’t sit in those STINKY, horrible baby change rooms if you don’t have to. Breastfeed in public and own it! Our bodies were made to do this and there is nothing to feel embarrassed about.
  6. EAT OATS FOR BREAKFAST:
    This tip may seem random however oats are a lactogenic food (i.e they have lactation-promoting properties) which means they will help to maintain / boost your supply. Other than that they are delicious, cheap, easy to make and are full of fibre.

Good luck and happy breastfeeding! x

 

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Sh*t happens.

Those that know me probably know that I’m a bit of a scrooge. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fairly generous person, but I HATE wastage.

We’ve been using Aldi nappies for our little one since day dot and they’ve been fine, but now that she’s getting bigger and we’ve started a bit of ‘real’ food, they just aren’t cutting it (each morning, we were getting two blow-outs). Time to call in the big guns, Huggies. (At 34cent a pop compared to Aldi’s 17cents. I think its fair to call them the big guns!)

I bought a nice big box and have been using them for nighttime and morning nappies, but the previously mentioned scrooge in me really just wanted to get rid of the last of the Aldi’s, so we’ve continued using them as daytime / afternoon nappies. What I though were the ‘safe’ times!

So here we were (bub and I), having a nice afternoon at home, baby playing happily on her mat, me preparing dinner, when I look over and… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I see that familiar mustard yellow seeping up her back. A quick check of the time (5:09) tells me dad won’t be home for another 21 minutes. Can I just leave it and pretend I didn’t notice and hand duties over to him as soon as he gets home? As much as i’d like to, no. No. I really can’t.

So I turn off all the pots and pans and head over, making the necessary preparations (change mat, nappy bag, baby wipes, new nappy). By this stage, its a full blown, up the back explosion, so I decide the best option is to pull her suit down over her shoulders instead of it coming off over her head. Keep things clean.

So I’m pulling them down, thinking to myself what a good job I’m doing, this’ll be pain free and we’ll be back to our nice afternoon in no time, and just as I start to pull her pants down, I guess I kind of FLICK her pants up and it FLICKS THE POO.

IN MY FACE. AND A BIT WENT UP MY NOSE.

I had to baby wipe my whole face. And arms. And top.

F*cking Aldi.

I think i’ll donate the last of them.

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A trip to the ER

I’d fed bub and was happily cooking dinner upstairs while daddy took her downstairs to hang out while he shaved ready for work tomorrow.

Happily cooking dinner until I heard a bang.

I started running for the stairs and heard ‘oh fuck’ and my sweet little baby let out an almighty scream.

The things that run through your mind when you’ve heard something like this, only a new mum would understand. The time between me starting the run down the stairs and arriving at her felt like an eternity.

When I arrived her dad had her in his arms and said ‘her head’ and when I picked her up i saw her eye was bleeding. My sweet little baby’s perfect face had blood on it.

She is almost 6 months old and has recently learnt to sit. She’s fairly steady and we’ve been fairly liberal about letting her use her new skill!

daddy had had her sitting between his legs on a bath mat whilst shaving her beard over the sink. She had reached for her toy, twisted and fell the wrong way and daddy was a millisecond too late to catch her.  She landed, eye first on the shower run.

This is what daddy managed to tell me after finally regaining the ability to speak.

I raced her upstairs, daddy in tow and popped some ice on her face. We made a quick assessment and decided to rush off to the local hospital. My major worry was an internal head injury and it was all I could think about the whole way there.

The young doctor quickly assured me, that by the sounds of the ‘fall’ it was highly unlikely that there was any risk of head injury. Phew.

He did however, want a second opinion regarding one of the cuts (yep, there wasn’t just one but TWO cuts on her perfect little face). So in comes the second doctor and confirms that no, no stitches needed, just a little glue (apparently that’s what they use these days) and there would only be a minor scar.

WAIT, A WHAT?????????????

I’d never even thought about a scar. My baby isn’t even six months old.

At this point, dad, who has been apologizing profusely to his poor little bubba this whole time, starts to get teary and the doctor leaves to get the glue ready.

I hand the bub over to him for a cuddle and we decide we can deal with a scar and we start to calm down a little.

I take a good look at him, him at me, and we burst out laughing. Not only from the relief of bub being OK, but because in the race to get to the hospital, I haven’t even bothered to put on shoes, and dad has only half shaved his face. Bub, who had just finished dinner and was soon to have her shower has food remnants not only on her cheeks but also some in her nostrils and a very dirty nappy. How this doctor managed to keep a straight face…

On the way home, me in the back with bub because we couldn’t bear to leave her alone for one second, we decided this was a friendly (sort of?) reminder at how easily accidents happen and to always take exceptional care with our tiny little bubba.

And tomorrow, well tomorrow is baby proofing day.

xx

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Sh*t new mums say

“Seriously? I JUST changed your nappy.”

“She’s teething.”

“F*ck you, Wonder Weeks.”

“Seriously? Another poo?”

“Is she breathing?”

“It’s definitely teeth.”

Daytime: “I’m so happy my baby takes a dummy. It makes life SOOO much easier.”
Nighttime: “If I have to get up to pick that dummy back in ONE MORE TIME…”

“She’s SO cute.”

“What day is it again?”

“I literally JUST changed your nappy.”

“She’s 22 weeks and 4 days. Almost 23 weeks.”

“Was that you or her?”

7pm: “Please, PLEASE just go to sleep.”
8pm: “Awwww, I miss her.”

“Where the F is her other sock?!”

“I JUST fed you.”

“She is NOT sleeping in our bed again tonight.”

“How on earth did it get all the way up your back?”

First 3 months: “My baby’s a great sleeper. I’m surprised how much sleep we’re getting!”
Next 3 months: “My baby is an asshole”

“I’m calling Healthdirect.”

“I just need to pop into Target.”

“Didn’t we just buy nappies?”

“Seriously, another poo?!”

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Best places to shop for WELL PRICED baby wear

Now, there are a MILLION places I could tell you to shop for baby wear. But what we are talking about here is well priced baby wear. Because who can afford to spend $59 on a dress the size of their hand, that your baby will probably get 1.5 wears out of? (that half a wear is because she wore it in the morning but had a poo explosion so you never actually made it out of the house with it on).

So here goes:

  1. TARGET. If you’ve read my maternity wear post you probably think I am completely Target crazy, which maybe I am? But their kids stuff is so great. You can get tights for $4, T-shirts for $5, and onesies for $6. And thats when things aren’t even on sale! Honestly, Target is always my first stop!
  2. Best & less. Probably my second favourite out of the ‘big 4’. Very very well priced, cute stuff, good range.
  3. Big W. Another of the big 4. They do their own brand which is super low priced (Dymples) plus things like bonds. They also have the Kardashian Kids collection (which I personally don’t love tbh) and will often do designer collaborations (eg. Peter Morrisey).
  4. Kmart. Whilst some of the stuff at Kmart is great, some of it also sucks so be prepared to have a good search through. Either way, you can get zip onesies for $4, making the trip worthwhile!
  5. Cotton On Kids. Cute, on-trend, well priced.
  6. http://www.Next.co.uk – Their stuff is beautiful and super well priced. Plus anything over $35 has free shipping and you can shop in your pyjamas with a glass of wine. Win!
  7. Bonds (Online, bonds stores, Big W, Target, etc). Whilst this isn’t a store per-se, it is a great brand with really cute, practical stuff for the kids. My suggestion however, never buy Bonds full price. They ALWAYS have a 40% off sale right around the corner so hang out for it and go crazy when they do 😉
  8. Trade Secret: you’ll have to dig, and deal with screaming children (hopefully not your own), but you’ll find great brands at really good prices.
  9. H&M: If you are lucky enough to live near one (Sydney, Melbourne) their clothes are really cute and trendy for a great price.

Now, if you’re also willing to go second hand, your options are even further extended!

  1. School fetes: you can pick up some really great stuff at school fetes, especially the fancy private schools. Those parents have too much money and too much time.
  2. Second hand stores: you may need to sort through a whole bunch of crap but you will find some hidden gems!
  3. eBay: Do your research on this one (don’t buy something for more than it is selling in stores) and set yourself specific price limits (it can be easy to get a little carried away,) and you’ll be able to grab bargains both new and used!
  4. Swap: Note a ‘place to buy’ per se, however there are a bunch of places / ways you can swap clothing! Setup a FB group (or find one in your area), organise it within your mothers group or circle of friends, the list goes on 🙂

It’s also a good idea to keep your eye on the big sales at department stores and other favourites, especially end of season and boxing day sales. That’s where I generally pick up the more expensive brands (the Minihaha range, Purebaby, Seed etc) at really good prices.

Happy Shopping x

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Stuck on the couch

You know that feeling, when you finally get your baby to sleep after a long fight? And SO WHAT if she is asleep on you because she is asleep, AM  I RIGHT?!

Except.. Ahhh, crap. You realise you DESPERATELY need to pee (or worse, poop)! And you’re super hungry, and OMG so thirsty. You’re actually DYING OF THIRST.

Oh well, at least you can amuse yourself with your phone, scrolling through instagram, then Facebook, then create some snapchats with the face recognition annd back to Facebook. So you pick up your phone and FARK! It’s only got 6% of battery, and you moved the charger into the bathroom so you could charge while you were having a shower.

… And the TV remote is all the way over the other side of the room … and your laptop is on the kitchen table…

And now your arm starts to ache because you forgot to put the pillow underneath it, because it was behind the baby’s back while you were teaching her to sit on the floor.
But maybe you can reach it with your feet if you just lean a little bit, a little bit more, little bit more ANNNNNNNNNNND she’s awake.

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What to pack in your baby bag (the early days)

So you’re already carrying round a baby, and probably a pram, and also that extra baby weight (ha!).. what else could you possibly need? A baby bag with a whole bunch of crap in it.

Here are my suggestions on what to pack into said bag.

For baby:

  1. Nappies
  2. Wipes
  3. A change mat
  4. Nappy bags
  5. Bottom cream
  6. A spare change of clothing
  7. A spare bib
  8. A burp cloth / towel
  9. A blanket (what type depends on the season)
  10. A toy
  11. Spare dummy (if you use one)
  12. If not breastfeeding, any feeding supplies you may need

Also, if baby has been sick of late OR has had her needles recently, i take:

  1. baby panadol / neurofen
  2. thermometer
  3. Any other medicine you may need (e.g. nose drops)

For you:

  1. Phone
  2. Wallet
  3. Drink bottle
  4. Spare breast pads
  5. Possibly a spare t’shirt

I hope you chose a big bag! 🙂

Please check out my other posts you might enjoy:

Top essentials for a new baby

Best places to shop for WELL PRICED baby wear

Postpartum recovery

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Top essentials for a new baby

Now, when I say ‘top essentials’ I’m not talking about the pram, cot, nappies, etc. I’m talking about the things you don’t think about or know about, but will desperately need right then and there when you have a screaming baby in the middle of the night (or day)!

  1. Baby Panadol / neurofen. After our bubs first needles she got a temp and thankfully the panadol quickly bought it back down again.
  2. An old school, under the arm thermometer. Don’t bother with the fancy laser-type thermometers with the big price tags. The older ones are much more accurate and are what they use in the hospitals.
  3. Infants friend. This stuff really helps when bub has a sore tummy.
  4. Saline nose drops. These were our miracle item! When bub had a really stuffy nose (especially in those first 6 weeks) we just put one or two drops of these in each nostril, she’d sneeze, and voila!
  5. Snot sucker. The best types are the ones where you actually suck the snot out. I know what you’re probably thinking, GROSS.
    TBH, I thought the same thing before having a baby, but this thing was a lifesaver when bubs had her first cold.
  6. Cream for their bottom. We have tried a few different ones (curash, sudocream, etc) and her sudocream seems to have worked best for us. But all bubs are different so you may need to try a few out!
  7. A dummy. This might be a little controversial but our bub NEEDED a dummy that first night home from the hospital. She would have otherwise been on my boob the whole time. We used the closer to nature brand and had no troubles getting her to take it.
  8. A teething toy. She all of a sudden needed one of these and she had it all the time. Some people swear by the Sophie Le Giraffe range. Our bub also loved a simple colourful one from Kmart

Please check out my other posts you might enjoy:

Top 10 essentials for a new mum

What to pack in your baby bag (the early days)

Postpartum recovery

Best places to shop for WELL PRICED baby wear

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