1. Marilyn says:

    Hi! Mama to 2 little ladies. My oldest I went 14 months (she weaned), shooting for the same with my 6 week old!

    Where latch pain is concerned: sometimes it isn’t an issue for both breasts. If that is the case, it is much easier to feed your baby on the breast they don’t have issues latching with, and then try the other. When a little one is full and probably sleepy, it makes it much easier (less frustrating for both of you) to try and train for a better latch.

    Also, warm compress before a feeding will help bring your milk faster for the sore mamas out there. Regardless, you’ve got this and it will getter easier/better.

  2. Jamie says:

    Love this advice! I agree that a nursing pillow was sometimes more trouble than it was worth but it did shield my c-section scar. For c-section mom’s – tell them BF’ing is a priority- we were able to latch while I was being sewn up. Don’t give up! It does hurt in the beginning (but I agree that it shouldn’t hurt for the entire nursing session) and there were times my baby fought me/didn’t latch for over 20 min but he is now 8 weeks and breastfeeds like a champ! Also, paced bottle feeding (I had to supplement with my own milk to get him back to birth weight). whew so many things but SO WORTH IT!

  3. Amanda says:

    I nursed both of my boys for a full year but it was hard in the beginning. My advice, keep going, it will get better. Things that helped me were using a foot stool to help get in a good position to nurse while sitting in a comfy chair, dr Newmans nipple cream was liquid gold for cracking and pain in the first few weeks, Lansinoh Therapearl Breastbpads are amazing ( you can warm them in the microwave for a few seconds and place them around your breast to help with pain and it also helps milk let down, gel soothies were great too. I work, so I started pumping right away, helped my milk come in faster and increased my supply so I had plenty frozen when I went back to work. Best tip I had is pump 15 mins after the first feeding each day with a pump bra, it is your fullest time of the day and will trick your body into producing more milk.

  4. Ilona says:

    I think nursing on demand is so important that it should’ve gotten a separate point! And also that would mean no pacifiers to calm them down when they’re hungry. I did that mistake too many times, they start fussing but I’m in the middle of something and just don’t want to drop everything and go, so I would pop a pacifier in their mouth to get 5 extra minutes… nope! Go feed them right away! They get too frustrated and impatient and it’s just not good for the supply. At least I think that was my biggest mistake!

  5. Jen says:

    My son will be 11 months and we are in the “home stretch.” Lately my good supply has been dwindling (I only pump for daycare. He refuses bottles in our home and when I’m around so I nurse on demand on the weekend). Any tips at this point in the game? Bfing has been a great experience and I don’t necessarily want to cut him off at one.

  6. Lynsey says:

    One thing that helped me above ALL things, with both my babes, in the first few weeks, and with my son, almost the entire duration of our nursing journey, was a nipple shield!
    ????????Lactation consultants aren’t big fans, they claim nipple confusion and other things, but let me tell you, there’s nothing worse in the world than struggling to feed your baby, while you’re both frustrated and both crying! ????
    My son was hungry and wanted to eat, but didn’t love working so hard for it due to my anatomy (“flatter nipples”, who knew ????????‍♀️” ). My daughter was an amazing feeder from birth to day 4, then started having trouble. I intermittently used a shield with her for like 3 weeks, and then once she was bigger, she hasn’t needed it at all. She was a little peanut, and I have a large chest so I think she struggled a bit once my milk came in and when I was engorged she had troubles latching successfully. The shield helped her for the first few minutes, then I’d take it off and she’d be able to latch on no problem!
    And wanna talk about healing nipples…helps a TON!

    • Annika says:

      Yes! Nipple shield is a lifesaver!!! I used one on both sides for almost every feed from the day after my milk came in to about 5 weeks. To begin with I used it because my boobs were so engorged that my girl couldn’t latch. I tried so hard to ditch it after a few days and ended up with awful nipple damage because I was still so engorged and she couldn’t get a good latch until halfway through the feed. It was inconvenient to have to keep cleaning it and the start of the feed was still horribly painful (one of my nipples looked like half dome for a while) but it made the beginning of the feed bearable and I could concentrate on feeding rather than fearing the insane pain that would come from her pulling off or fussing mid feed. Had next to no issues with nipple confusion when I did stop using it for good – just started feeding without it one day and never looked back. Don’t let the lactation consultant talk you out of it – if it makes those first few days or weeks bearable you have a much better shot at continuing for months to come!

  7. Jessica says:

    First, great tips! So I have nursed two littles a (pregnant with my third) and it was super hard with the first. I had cracked, bleeding nipples and then got yeast infection in them and had pain for about 6 months plus with my first one, but I was determined. What I learned is that you can have over supply issues. You don’t hear about that much because it seems more people struggle with under, but it caused all of my issues. I had a lot of milk and nursed on both sides and on demand so my body just kept making more. My breast were so full my baby couldn’t latch well, and YES, the wide open latch is huge! My neighbor happened to be a licensed lactation consultant and was literally a God send. She told me we only need two boobs for nursing if you have twins. Now yes, it is possible you may need to nurse on both sides, but it is super important to nurse and drain one side before switching to make sure baby gets fatty hind milk. Also, whether you are full from over supply, engorged from milk coming in or even dealing with some edema from fluids in the hospital, this trick was my life saver – reverse pressure. You place fingers around your nipples and push for about 30 seconds to move milk up into breast to soften nipple for better latching – amazing!!! Also, 100% the APNO is amazing, and my LC neighbor taught me how to make my own, and it worked like a dream: mix equal parts of lotramin, Neosporin cream and hydrocortisone cream together and apply on nipple after each feed until healed. I mixed mine in a mini Tupperware and kept it with me always. Definitely check out Dr. Newman’s website and KellyMom’s website for breastfeeding anything. The KellyMom Facebook support group is also amazing. If anyone thinks you have over supply issues and wants more help, reach out to me because it was harder to find that info at first. I am a huge BF advocate, but definitely a feed your baby however you need to person as well. I just think a lot of women stop because they lack support and help because it wasn’t natural to me at all the first time. Thankfully, my second was easy because I learned so much with the first. Like I thought breastfeeding was worse than naturally birthing a 9 lbs 11 oz baby that first time so the pain is real. If I could quit my day job and become an LC I would in a heartbeat, but for now I love to support other moms any way I can ❤️

  8. Maggie says:

    All great tips! I’m still nursing my 2nd baby (15 months) and nursed my first until his 2nd birthday. I just wanted to give a quick mention to my biggest struggle, which has been mastitis with both kids when my milk came in, and recurrent clogged ducts. For me, my milk came in BIG TIME, and resulted in huge, painfully engorged breasts that my babies couldn’t even latch onto because they were so rock solid. The 2nd time around I learned to not be afraid of pumping when you’re so engorged– the tricks that saved me from a round of antibiotics were a hot bath toget the milk flowing, and massage, followed by pumping to soften my breasts enough to get my baby latched. My milk supply evened out after a few days, but those first couple were brutal. Hang in there moms! Breastfeeding is a beautiful bond ❤️

    • Brandy says:

      Clogged ducts were my biggest problem as well. I took lecithin supplements, and they cleared up almost immediately. You can buy lecithin at CVS and there is lots of info on KellyMom website.

  9. Kate says:

    One tip to add specifically when it comes to pumping is make sure you have the right size pumping shield. The ones that come with the pumps are often wayyyyyy too small. If your nipples are rubbing against the shield while pumping, then you need to size up. Or size up several sizes (make sure it’s not too big either). I think having the wrong size is a common mistake which leads to painful pumping and supply issues. I don’t have abnormally large nipples (I don’t think – ha!) but I had to size up 2-3 sizes until I found the right fit. Now pumping is not painful at all (I’d still rather nurse, but have to work so I do what I have to do!)

  10. Elle says:

    Wonderful tips! What helped me termidiously was taking it one latch at a time. My LC would ask me when I didn’t think I could continue “can you do one more latch?” which the answer always ended up being yes. Taking it latch by latch helped me get through those emotional and painful first weeks (well two months for us due to extreme nipple trauma) and we ended up successfully nursing for 22 months.

  11. Evelyn Mooney says:

    Ibhave a 10 day old and was given this nipple cream by a friend – “Himalaya for Moms nipple care butter”. It smells like vanilla and literally saved my nipples. I love the whole Himalaya for Moms range.

  12. Danielle says:

    Engorgement was awful for me the first time and has been again this time as well. Cool compresses have been the biggest help just after nursing sessions. Also, when I nurse, the side that’s not being nursed on almost always lets down a fair amount of milk while baby nurses on the opposite side. I hated losing all of that milk, and I also hated having a soaked shirt/bra. My cousin told me about the “milk saver” on mymilkies.com. In the last two days, I have collected almost 10oz of “run off” milk. I love that I can store some milk without having to pump in the very beginning 🙂 The nursing pillow is actually a godsend for c-section recovery, especially when my toddler wants to snuggle in as I nurse her baby sister. Oh, and if you need breast pads, I suggest cloth/reusable ones instead of disposable ones because they breathe better and are thus less likely to lead to plugged ducts/ mastitis.

  13. Anne-Laure says:

    Hey ! Just wanted to ask something. I am following a mum of seven on Instagram (@thisgatherednest) who just had twin girls a month ago. She currently has a problem of very very (very!) dry face skin and she is concerned about it because no cream seems to work, so she is asking about tips on how to heal that skin. Do you think (ok it IS really weird ^^) that breastmilk could work and that I should recommend it to her ? Thank you for your answer !

  14. kristin lewis says:

    I used Mother’s Milk tea every night (while night nursing!) and it really helped with my supply. Also it gave me some downtown in the evening with warmth of tea!! In the morning I would have oatmeal or Irish oats with almond milk. My supply really stayed steady and if it did start to lack – PUMP and tea!!! Pump and Pump and Pump, I even got up in the middle of night sometimes for a tea and pump break!!

  15. kristin lewis says:

    Oh and if you need help drying your milk supply – Sage tea. I wasn’t able to nurse my first and needed to try the milk up fast b/c I was overloaded. The local natural store told my husband about this and it worked within days, taste horrible so mix with honey or sugar….helps also slow down milk production so try if you are over producing just NOT TOO Much. I was drinking about 3 cups a day to dry my milk.

  16. Michelle says:

    For cracked or bleeding nipples, thrush or any other nipple pain- SILVERETTE cups!! I wish I could climb to the top of a mountain and yell the good news to all nursing mamas. They’re $60 on Amazon and they’re like magical little healers. No creams necessary, rapid healing and no rubbing pain on your sore nipples. I heard about them with my third baby and I just can’t express how amazing they are- changed my life.

  17. Lindsey says:

    This is by far one of my favorite as I am Lactation Consultant in training! I plan to share this post with new Moms as you provide such concrete examples and solutions to things that happen to most Moms in the first month of breastfeeding!

  18. ElyHi says:

    I am about to have my second babe (due Feb 15, 2018) and had a ton of trouble with supply with my first. It was heartbreaking. Looking for suggestions on upping my milk game, I saw a comment on here about Oatmeal and irish oats plus the mothers milk tea, but is there anything else you have used that helped you and think could help me? Thank you =)

    • Jessica says:

      The most helpful thing I found was my HAAKAA PUMP with my second baby (now 5 months old). He was jaundiced, had low blood sugars in the HOSPITAL and poor weight gain, so I had to supplement with formula (or whatever I could express) until my milk CAMe in. It turns out he was also tongue tied and just wasn’t nursing as effectively as he should have been. I was determined to breastfeed or at least provide breast milk, and this little easy to clean, easy to use tool really helped me not only collect milk without ever having to turn on a pump, but also helped establish a good supply. I can’t imagine all the pump parts I would have had to clean since I was pumping after every feeding…what a life saver.

  19. Britney says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I just love following you! I struggled with breastfeeding with my first (inverted nipples made it so hard for her to latch). I’m due with my second in June so I’m soaking up all this information because I want to persevere with this second baby. So thank you so much for this!

  20. Jodith says:

    Oh correct latch is crucial! Some great tips you have here. I had a problem with proper latching just for few days but it was enough to ruin my nipples for weeks! It seemed perfect in the hospital but when I got home – became harder. You know – without help or support all around. Fortunately I got this book recommend by a mum at hospital „how to make breastfeeding pleasant and easy” and after this, and trying different positions, I’ve learned how proper latching should look like and how (and when) unlatch pretty fast. You can really tell that the author Susan Urban came through this herself! Hope I’ve had it sooner, it would probably saved me some pain.

  21. Kelly says:

    THis is a great post! One thing i Forgot the second time around was PincHing the sides Of the breast at the base of the nipple while baby is trying to latch. Almost to Make the nipple pop in the Baby’s mouth. It’s helpful at first when their mouths are so tiny! Also a diaper Soaked with warm water to use as a compress if engorged to help increase blood flow. Learning to hand express milk was Also helpful!

  22. Steph says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! I had our 4th baby 2 weeks ago and every time the nipple pain has bEen gut wrenching! By this time i know it eventually gets better but oh my how im in the thick of it now???? youd think by the 4th they would toughen up????????‍♀️ Have a good day!!

  23. Jojo says:

    i Love all of your tips, they have been so incredibly helpful with my breastfeeding journey and I am successfully still going with my 9 month old son who is dairy and soy intolerant. I have had to cut a lot from my diet but this is such a small sacrifice for an amazing bond that my son and i share. we have no plans to stop anytime soon!

    a bit off topic and this may sound odd, but i woke up this morning with a sore throat and instantly thought…”i wonder if lynzy has a post about safe medicines while nursing? or home REMEDIES for the sick breastfeeding mama?” i’ve been lucky to have not gotten sick while nursing, so haven’t worried about what i can and cannot take. do you plan to write a post about this? xoxo

  24. Stephanie Cole says:

    gREAT TIPS! WE KNOW THAT BREASTFEEDING IS NOT EASY ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A FIRST TIMER :).bUT THIS ARTICLE IS SO GOOD AND I THINK THIS IS VERY HELPFUL TIPS.aNYWAY THANKS FOR SHARING THIS AWESOME ARTICLE.

  25. BrittanI says:

    Love all of this! I’ve Nursed all three of my babies…my little one being the longest. He actually just stopped last week. I’ve not allowed myself to think About it yet because i know i will cry hard…and life is crazy busy right now. He Is 2 years 4 months old so yes, he nursed a long time, but i am all about self weaning…and he DIDN’T self wean…i BecaMe very sick for 2 months, continued to nurse him while throwing up several times a day, ended up with shingles because of it then had to quit. I loveD reading your post because every mama’s breastfeeding journey is dIfferent and sometimes we just need to talk about it or read that we’re not alOne. So glad i came upon this❤️

  26. Maggie says:

    Thanks for this post! My little man is 3 weeks old and we have struggled with breastfeeding from the beginning. He HAs a hard time latching, fights me at tiMes, falls asleep mid-feeding and recently has been tHrashing back and forth While Feeding and tRying to rip my nipple off. It was heartbreaking in The beginning but we’re working on it. I’ve seen several LacTation consultants and know what we’re supposed to do. Hanging in there and hoping it starts feeling better soon. Still worth aLl the pain every time i look down at his sweet little face!

  27. Cait says:

    From my lactation consultaNt, aim your nipple at the roof of their mouth when first latching! Made a huge difference

  28. NatasHa says:

    Wow this was amazing!! I wish i would have read this before I had my daughter. If and when we have ANOTHER child i will be reading this aGain. I do have a frIend that is due in a month who is going to try to breastfeed. I think she will find this very helpful! Thanks so much! your information is so helpful!

  29. Natalie says:

    Which legendary milk supplement Would you recommend? There are quite a fee that appear to do The same tHing.

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