Dayton Children’s New Mommy Safety Blogger, Jessica Saunders
Early on in my pregnancy, maybe even before I was pregnant, I decided that if I could, I would breastfeed. I am lucky that my work environment is very open and actually encourages breastfeeding. Many times when I would tell some of the physicians that I work with here at Dayton Children’s that I was pregnant they would ask – are you going to breastfeed? Granted – that is a strange question to ask a colleague but I know that my co workers wanted to encourage me.
However, I was aware of the challenges of breast feeding and wanted to approach it with “Zen” – being OK with whatever happened and laid back about the whole affair. Here were the ways that I stayed (and hopefully will continue to stay) “Zen Mommy” when it comes to breastfeeding.
- In preparation for the baby I didn’t take any breastfeeding classes but I did sit down for a long talk with one of my co-workers who recently had a baby and told me all of the things that your mom somehow forgets to tell you. Now I don’t blame my mom since she did breastfeed 30 years ago but somehow little things get forgotten that would have been nice to know.
- I also didn’t purchase any breastfeeding supplies. Since I didn’t know if everything was going to “work out” I figured I would purchase once things were moving along. Once things were going well and I felt comfortable financially committing to breastfeeding I sent my husband to the Kids Care Shop at Dayton Children’s where he rented a breastpump and got the rest of the supplies we needed.
- I made sure that I had a support system. I told my husband that I was going to need support from him to encourage me when things “hurt” and to take care of the baby those few hours when she wasn’t feeding and he was home. I am also very lucky that our extended family offered many words of encouragement as well.
- Water has become my best friend. I also make sure to eat a lot of protein and experiment with some recipes for breastfeeding moms. Making sure I’m eating and drinking well makes a huge difference.
So far, breastfeeding has been the right choice for me and Mary. Things seem to be working out after she initially lost a whole pound after birth, which is normal. In addition to the nutrition that she receives the price isn’t too shabby and the 500 extra calories that I use up each day has helped me get into my pre-pregnancy cloths a little faster.