- Breastfeeding is a learned skilled. Neither you or your little babe knows what to do, so give it some time and don't beat yourself up about it.
- That being said it's a good idea to have a lactation consultant's number handy, and invest in some nipple cream or lotion, I'm a fan of MotherLove's Nipple Cream.
- You might not produce enough milk for your little one. Again don't beat yourself up about it, I know it's easier said that done - from personal experience. And although breast milk is best, don't let anyone make you feel guilty about giving your baby formula. After all a hungry baby isn't a healthy one.
- Take help from your family and friends. I went to WholeFoods with 4 hrs of interrupted sleep under my belt, only to walk into a display of breadcrumbs, knocking most of them over.
- It's normal to be completely in awe of your little one, or to smother them in kisses, or just stare at them for hours.
- Expect to be delirious when your husband wakes you up for nighttime feeds.
- Although you might not be cleared to work out, walking is great stress relief, as is getting out of the house for a little while
- The same goes for hot showers, even if it's a 5 minute one.
- Enjoy every second of it, I can't believe our little man is 3 weeks old already, time flies!
So technically it's been 3 weeks that I've had the title of Mom, but I wanted to share a little of what I've learned thus far.