Breastfeeding Tips from a Certified Lactation Counselor

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If you’re having reservations about breastfeeding, if you’re dealing with the struggles it can entail, if you’re looking for some support – you’ve got it here.

Are you a breastfeeding mother?

I am not.

There were many reasons why I didn’t breastfeed; the biggest was fear. I often find myself wondering what it would have been like to breastfeed my babies, and sometimes I condemn myself for not overcoming my reservations as I wonder if my son’s learning disabilities or my daughter’s asthma and allergies could have been prevented, if I had.

With my first baby, no one really worked to encourage me to give it a go. And with my second, I found it a little odd that no one but my male doctor encouraged me that time either, which only fed my hesitation. I loved my doctor, but how would he know what it was like to feed a baby with his breast?

Maybe, just maybe if I had a lactation counselor like EverydayFamily’s very own Sara McTigue, then perhaps I would have felt more receptive to it.

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If you’re having reservations about breastfeeding, if you’re dealing with the struggles it can entail, if you’re looking for some support – you’ve got it here — read on about breastfeeding help from Certified Lactation Counselors.

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If you’re wondering what breastfeeding can guarantee. Sara answers that for you, here. Her wisdom and charming ability to tell it like it is, will leave you wishing she were literally by your side throughout your breastfeeding journey.

Are you a breastfeeding mom of multiples? Read: More Tips for Breastfeeding Twins and Multiples.

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When I read Sara’s story about her experience with mastitis, I literally shed tears. She is a true inspiration, not only to breastfeeding moms, but to all mothers. It is a must read, find it here.

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The breastfeeding misconceptions you may hear, may not actually be accurate.

The breastfeeding misconceptions you may hear, may not actually be accurate. Read this, as Sara busts these wide open, letting you know that you can breastfeed!

Have you taken the EverydayFamily breastfeeding course? It's here, and it is full of helpful information.

Breastfeeding is a pretty big deal, so big in fact, that the world has dedicated an entire week to it. Find support, and read about the cause and some of the issues it addresses, here.

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One would think that because breastfeeding is so natural, that it would be easy. But no, this is not the case with breastfeeding. It comes with a lot of fear and challenges such as mastitis, let-down issues, and achieving proper latch but you aren't alone in these fears.

We hope that the resources Sara has put together here at EverydayFamily through her knowledge as a Certified Lactation Counselor, as well as personal experiences as a breastfeeding mother will help you along the way.

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Breastfeeding Tips from a Certified Lactation Counselor

Melanie Denney lives in the smallest of towns, with her two little darlings. She has a Bachelor's degree and happily works as a full-time mother and a freelance writer, specializing in sociology and recreation leadership. ... More

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19 comments

  1. Kim says:

    My son is 3 weeks, I breast feed pump and give him formula. I fed directly the first week and started pumping because I wasnt sure he was getting enough because he was always hungry. I actually started to give him formula on day 4. I found out that maybe I would produce more eventually if I had kept feeding so I am but I am not producing anymore than before. He wants 3-4 ounces every 2-3 hours. I want to give him less formula, is there anything that I can do or eat and drink that will help produce more breastmilk?

  2. Kyndal says:

    I breastfed my first son for 3.5 months..but due to re occurring thrush and plugged ducts and mastitis I just weaned. My youngest is 4 months and we are still nursing despite the fact he is tongue and lip tied.

  3. Nancy says:

    Im expecting my baby and I’m definitely going to breastfeed baby that’s how my mom did with me and my brothers and sisters.

  4. Ida says:

    I couldn’t breast feed my first child due to the fact that I didn’t receive much support from the nurses in the hospital I was in and my nipples are to small in fit in his mouth, but my second child is 2 and half weeks old and I am just breast pumping her milk everytime she eats. I wish I were able to feed my first child(son) more than just colostrum but he got the best part anyway and ate for the first month on breast milk.

  5. Christina says:

    My son is 3 months and I exclusively nurse him. It’s such a wonderful experience!!

  6. Elena says:

    I breastfeed my first daughter for 14 months and had to quit because she had allergy and I couldn’t eat most of the food. I wish I could keep it going until 18 months as WHO suggests.
    Now I am breastfeeding my second one and it is really a joy for me!

  7. sweet says:

    I’m currently breast feeding my 14 month old
    I think my job is done but how can I wean him offf

  8. stephanie says:

    Im currently breastfeeding my 18-month-old. He’s been eating solids for 6 months, but he’s still a huge nurser. He still will not take breastmilk from a sippy cup. What do I do?

    • Megan Klay says:

      Hi Stephanie – Here’s some advice for you from our Certified Lactation Counselor, Sara McTigue: At that age she could just try a regular cup. He should be getting more calories from food, so she doesn’t need to be concerned with pumping breast milk. Rather, introduce water in cups, encourage healthy solids, and nurse on demand (try don’t offer/don’t refuse if you want to scale back on nursing). As long as it’s working for both of them there is no reason not to nurse.

  9. Kimberly says:

    I breastfeed my son for 10 months and now my daughter who is 6 months.but I’m concerned I am not producing enough to breastfeed exclusively and for some crazy reason I’m actually putting on weight and severely bloated.?any ideas as to what is going on I have been t doctor had a physical and all the blood work too.

  10. Heather says:

    I have 5 kids and I didn’t know anything about breastfeeding with my first and no support. It hurts me to this day that i didn’t try harder because i did try but he needed his tongue clipped and no one figured it out at the time. But since i had my last child I have breastfeed him his whole life he is 6 months and 3 weeks old and has never had a bottle. I love breastfeeding and could never not do it for any children i might have in the future .

  11. tiffany says:

    I tried and failed to breastfeed my first born. I stuggled with guilt over quitting for months. However, with my second I did more research and found a support group and am currently in my 10th month of breastfeeding. It was so rewarding to be successful this time after that first failure. I would encourage anyone who did not have success the first time to try again.

  12. Samantha says:

    I breastfed with my first, yes it hurt at times but once I got the routine down it did not hurt what so ever. I will breastfeed this little man too. I make milk for free and it is very healthy for them so why not use it =]

  13. Carissa says:

    I’m expecting my first and really want to breast feed. This article helps to encourage me on doing that.

  14. im breastfeeding my baby and i knoe its important for him 🙂

  15. Kasie says:

    I loved this blog. Although I tried breast feeding, it hurt to bad, I did not have all the info and was not informed that this would go away and that some was do to latching incorrectly. I do still pump what I can for my baby girl.

  16. Daniela says:

    I am planning on breast feeding if I can when my little one is born. I’m also quite nervous about it but will try my best.

  17. prdale7749 says:

    The information in this article was extremely helpful to me. I am planning on breast feeding once my little guy is born. I am still a little nervous about it, but I think I can do it.

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