8 Things Every Breastfeeding Mom Should Know Before Giving Birth

UPDATE: I've been breastfeeding my 3rd child for 11 months now. I thought this would be a perfect time to re-share this info for anyone planning on breastfeeding. :)

I am so happy that breastfeeding is going so well for my 2nd child  at 7-months-old. I know it can be strange & confusing for new moms, and there's a lot of inaccurate information out there. So, I compiled a list of things I think every mom who wants to breastfeed should know before giving birth. Please feel free to share this info with any new moms & moms-to-be :)

1. Allow your body to go into labor on it's own to greatly increase your chances for establishing successful breastfeeding. Among women giving birth for the first time, those whose labor was induced were twice as likely to have a C-section delivery as those who experienced spontaneous labor. Breastfeeding prevalence in the delivery room was significantly higher after vaginal delivery (71.5%) compared  to after cesarean delivery (3.5%).

2. Breastfeeding should begin within an hour of birth.

3. Have at least 1-2 nursing bras & nursing tanks ready in your hospital bag.

4. It's normal for latching on to hurt a little at first. This will last a few days, but will go away.

5. You only produce a small amount of milk in the first few days. This milk is called colosturm. It is only produced in small amounts because that is all your baby needs. He only has a very small tummy and only needs a small amount to fill it. This milk is rich in special goodies to help your baby's immune system and provides an excellent start in life. After around day 3 or 4 you gradually produce more milk and the production adapts to your baby's demands

6. Have a breast pump ready at home. When your milk comes in around day 2-3, you'll experience great relief from engorgement when you pump. Having a pump at home isn't an option, but a necessity.

7. Breastfeeding should be "on demand", as often as the child wants day and night.  In previous generations, babies were fed according to the clock, often every three or four hours. If they cried in between they were soothed, but not with food. The theory was that babies and mothers do better with a predictable routine. While that's certainly still true, modern child development theory is that babies should be given food whenever they're hungry, so they grow up secure in the knowledge that their most basic needs will be attended to. Bath time, bedtime, and other daily rituals work well if you set a routine, but a baby who wants food should be given it.

8. Bottles or pacifiers should be avoided for as long as possible to avoid nipple confusion.  Nipple confusion is a problem that arises when a breastfed baby is given an artificial (rubber or silicon) nipple and must try to learn to nurse both from his mother's breast and the bottle nipple. While seemingly similar, these two feeding methods require completely different mouth and tongue motions and swallowing skills.
What do you think of this list? Would you add as the #9 thing every breastfeeding mom should know before giving birth? Leave a comment.

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A Walk In The Park

This post was sponsored by Evenflo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the Evenflo Sibby Travel System to facilitate my review. 

When we moved into our new home a year ago, I had no idea how close we were to the local Metro Park. Sure, I knew there was one a 5 minute car ride from here... but I didn't know there was a secret entrance a 5 minute walk from here!

So, when the hubby started playing Pokemon Go on his phone, I was thrilled to discover that the game entailed lots of walking and visits to the park. *squee* As a mom, that meant lots of walks to the park with my family.

While the ½ mile walk to the park is a breeze from me, it's not always as easy for my 5-year-old-daughter's legs... especially on the way home. That's why I'm so stoked we (finally) have an Evenflo Sibby Travel System. When her legs get tired, I just pop on the ride-along-board, and we're good to go!

Even though I now have three children, this is the first time I have used a sibling stroller. I remember hearing moms talking about how great they were at playdates, but minimalist me always thought they were something I could do without. Truth be told, a sibling stroller is absolutely perfect for a growing family, and I really wish I would have upgraded to a sibling ride-along stroller sooner.

Big sister A loves hopping along for a fun ride! At 31.4 lbs, and going into kindergarten, she'll be able to hop along for a ride for quite a while, since the ride-along weight limit is 50 lbs!

Weighing in at 49.5 lbs, and heading into 2nd grade this fall, big brother is even able to catch a ride!


  • Ride-along bord that folds away when not in use that supports a toddler-age child up to 50 lbs.
  • Oversized storage basket with front and back access
  • 3-Position footrest that adjusts for the comfort of your child
  • Car seat inspired 5 point harness to ensure safe seating
  • Adjustable backrest that reclines to a sleeping position
  • Flex-style cup holder
  • LiteMax Infant Car Seat (4-35lbs) that includes a stay-in-car base, making for a hassle free transfer from stroller to car

I highly recommend the  Evenflo Sibby Travel System, available at Target, if you're looking for an amazing ride-along stroller at a great price.

How Pokémon Go Has Brought Our Family Together

While I was on vacation with my family at Mammoth Caves, Kentucky earlier this month, I was on Reddit, and heard of a new app called Pokémon Go. It seemed like something my husband would like, so I downloaded it onto his iPhone. What I didn't realize was that I had opened a can of worms. A beautiful can of worms. You see, in order to advance in the game, you need to walk and visit local landmarks (like parks, the zoo,etc.) My original thought was that he could catch some cave-dwelling Pokemon in Mammoth Caves. Well, lack of cell phone reception didn't allow that to happen. But, our Pokemon adventure didn't end there. In fact, that's just where it has begun.

"In family relationships, love is really spelled T.I.M.E.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Ever since we came home from vacation, our family stared taking walks together so the hubby could catch Pokemon. You see, it turns out that our new home is a 5-minute walk from a beautiful Metro Park with a playground, forest, wetland and wildlife preserve, walking paths... and a few Pokestops. ;) In fact, as I'm sitting here writing with Baby B sleeping in my lap, hubby is right now with the kids.

I hear a lot of people complaining about the new Pokemon Go game, but I'm not so sure they even know what they're complaining about. I mean, have they ever played it before? Don't be that person. Ask your child, spouse, friend, etc to help you download the game, and have them show you how to play. People love it when other people share their interests, and they will very likely be more than happy to help you get on board. This is a great chance for you to learn about something new, and to share some bonding time with someone you care about.

I encourage you to see the good in it. Last week, my husband, for the first time ever, was stoked to go to the zoo... which has a ton of Pokestops & gyms. The week before, they went to go play putt-putt... which just so happens to be a Pokestop.

These beautiful moments were all created because Pokemon Go lit a fire under my husband's ass to get out there and visit places he wouldn't normally be interested in going to... and that's a beautiful thing.

What do you think of the new Pokemon Go game? Feel free to leave a comment below. As always, I read and respond to each and every one. :)

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