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  1. Hello Rachel,
    I like your post! I wish I had read it when I was breastfeeding. Especially the part of cluster feeding. I had a hard time getting my milk production going and whenever my son would be cluster feeding I’d feel insecure about my milk production. Once I learned what it was I’d make myself comfortable, get my supply of drink and food and of course the remote! I learned to just enjoy the time with my son.
    When I was breastfeeding my second child I learned from a nurse that you can easily tell if your baby is drinking: if you listen very carefully you can hear a sort of clicking sound when the baby swallows. That way I was sure she got milk.

    Best,

    Vivian

  2. These are such great tips! Breastfeeding is all of the above. I’ve breastfed all 3 of my babies beyond 1 year. It has been the most exhausting and rewarding thing I’ve ever done. My 12 month old decided early on not to accept the left breast no matter what I tried so I’ve had to nurse him on one side. Which, has been extra difficult.

  3. Hello Rachel!

    I too will agree with Vivian and say that I wish I had read something like this BEFORE I delivered my baby girl.. I really needed it! My breastfeeding journey was tough, and it really is the reason I started my own blog, loveliliya.com.

    My baby had both tongue and lip ties, and if it wasn’t for a close family friend, I would have given breastfeeding as my baby wasn’t feeding adequately. Two pediatricians and even a lactation consultant missed that fact, but she had a gut feeling that I should have a fourth opinion from a more qualified pediatrician. Once we had both clipped, our baby was able to feed normally! There really is a lack of awareness on how common it is and most moms never know.

    Thanks for shedding light on this and everything else!

    Best regards,

    Liliya

  4. Hi! Thanks for this post. I am currently breastfeeding my second baby and honestly….I feel like breastfeeding is really overlooked! It’s difficult, foreign and can be emotional. Great points.

  5. Hi Rachel!

    Great post, I enjoyed it. I am about 6 months PP and I wish someone had told me #3! I stopped BF very early own due to a lot of issues including overwhelmed as a first time mom, sleep deprivation, latch issues, pain, lack of support. I learned that it IS possible to relactate but it has not been easy journey. If I have another child, I plan on putting more effort into BF. I still read a lot of BF posts to become more educated about the topic and remain motivated on my relactation journey.

    Also, number 23 applies to most moms in the 4th trimester. Ugh I dont want to think of how much I’ve spent. HA!

  6. Hi Rachel,

    thank you for the great post!

    I am going to be a first time Mom (late August’19) and have to make a lot of decisions the next couple of weeks/months/years.

    One of the decisions I made right in the beginning of my pregnancy was to inclusively breastfeed my baby. For that reason, I am looking for some great tips from moms out there and your article really helped with my research! So thank you again! Being prepared sometimes feels like half of the deal to me. Let’s see if it everything works out as planned!

  7. I love this! So much useful information and real expectations of breastfeeding.

    A lot of mums don’t get prepared for how much work it can be or how there can sometimes be problems. I just expected it all to work instantly and perfectly and it ended up being a real battle.

    Your piece really helps us see that there are hurdles even for the best of us thank you!

    Sophia

  8. Even after having 4 children, I had never heard of tongue and lip ties until now! Postpartum is such a complicated time, this post offers great advice for new (and old) moms who are too exhausted to think rationally.

  9. This is all so true! Breastfeeding is so much more difficult than people make it seem. I breastfed for 6 months and though it was worth it it was very emotionally taxing!

  10. Hi Rachel,

    Great article! Love all your boards! Regarding item #18, I learned how to nurse lying on my side which was so restful at night – definitely worth trying different positions to find the ones that work best for you and your baby.

    Thanks so much!

    Lisa