If I could only teach you only one thing about breastfeeding, this would be it:
The #1 best thing you can do to build and protect your milk supply is to feed your baby very frequently.
Nursing your baby more frequently increases your rate of milk production and your baby’s overall intake. The opposite is also true. When you don’t nurse your baby frequently enough, it can lead to all sorts of problems. Low supply. Engorgement. Plugged ducts. Mastitis.
I know because it happened to me. I didn’t nurse my baby frequently enough. And when I was nursing, I didn’t know how to tell if he was swallowing or getting enough milk. Like dominos falling down, these issues led to problems with my milk supply, and ultimately caused me to give up on nursing my baby long before I’d hoped.
Maybe you’ve heard of feeding your baby on demand, and that breast milk is a supply and demand system. The problem is, most parents don’t quite understand how that translates to reality.
In Mighty Milk’s Breastfeeding for Expectant Parents class, Lex, IBCLC, teaches you how often to feed your baby throughout the day and night (spoiler alert: very often). And guess what? Nursing your baby very frequently isn’t easy. It can, and does, feel totally exhausting. But knowing what to expect and why your baby needs to nurse frequently can make the whole situation much less stressful and overwhelming.
Imagine if somebody invited you to an all-day music festival. You’d want to know what to expect. Should I bring water, snacks, a rain jacket, a chair? Because being prepared and knowing what’s coming makes the whole situation much more enjoyable. It’s no different with breastfeeding, except for most of us, it’s much longer than a one-day event.
In Mighty Milk’s Breastfeeding for Expectant Parents class, Lex walks you through what you should know about milk supply and feeding your baby frequently. Watch the chapter “Why Is Breastfeeding So Hard? And Why Do You Need to Take a Class About It?” This information is a need to know for any expectant parent.
Want to learn more about milk supply, feeding frequency, and cluster feeding? Lex teaches you all about what to expect and how to make postpartum life feel easier in Mighty Milk’s Breastfeeding Your Baby (0-12 Weeks) class. After all, feeding your baby so frequently can be really draining, but setting yourself up for success can go a long way in making it all feel less overwhelming and more manageable. I just wish I could go back in time and watch this while I was pregnant or a new parent.
Getting the Breastfeeding Your Baby (0-12 Weeks class) is an excellent way to support our small woman owned biz while also boosting your breastfeeding confidence in a big way. The class is FSA/HSA eligible and backed by a 30 day guarantee. Watch it at your own pace from the comfort of your couch. The information might just change the course of your feeding journey.