Breasfeeding is a wild ride. The first days when baby licks, sucks, and is nourished by mom's magic yellow gold - colostrum in small, perfect portions. Going home on day two or three of your baby's life, and feeling the first signs that your breasts have started to produce more mature milk. Your body is feeding your baby!
Did you know your boobs are amazing?
As your doula, you can call me anytime in pregnancy and after. I am happy to support you through the transition from pregnancy to parenthood. But what does that mean?
It means, I get a text at 6:30am saying, "Is there something I should be doing different?! He fed fine in the hospital but last night was horrible!"
You don't have to say the words, "I need help breastfeeding!"
I come over, I give you a hug, look you in the eye, and we go over basics and get a fresh set of eyes (and an extra set of hands) to help assess whats going on.
And most times, with some pillows in the right spots, a quick refresher and some encouraging words, we get baby to breast.
It means, when baby seems to be fussy all the time, even after just eating, you can call me and share all your fears.
"What if I'm not making enough milk?!"
I meet you right where you're at. We talk about what's happening and how you are feeling. We talk about what you can do to put your mind at ease, and when you should call your pediatrician. Sometimes, it means I help you find a way to keep track of feedings and dirty diapers so you can really see how incredible this process is.
See! Look! Your breasts are feeding your baby! That is amazing!
As moms, we can read books and we can watch videos but we have to learn how to breastfeed. It is a process that you go through at the same time your baby is learning! Each feeding will get a little easier. Each time you are with your baby, you will know a bit more about each other. You will learn cues, signs, and an incredible bond is there already.
And look at that! Your boobs are amazing! Your body is feeding your baby!
Authored by A Swift Doula