Monday, July 20, 2009
A dear friend of mine, Vida Gomez has added a few thoughts
to share with mothers out there that are seeking to breast-feed and to
make this experience one that creates a close bond with mother and
child. For mothers who may be looking for breastfeeding tips and
nursing suggestions- Vida is definitely one who can help frustrated and
I make milk and a lot of it. Although pregnancy
was hard for me, nursing tends to be simple. I don’t follow any
specific rules mentioned in this parenting book or that web site. I
read a lot and listened to the needs of my boys. As of today, I have
worked full-time and collectively nursed 3 years—2 ½ more than the
average working mom. Here’s my basic plan.
1. No clocks!
2. No plastic nipples!
3. Skin to skin.
4. I eat.
5. I take vitamins and drink water.
No clocks—I never worried how often my babies nursed or if they nursed
for a certain amount of time on one side. I let them nurse until they
were full, and then might switch sides if they wanted to eat more. I
let them nurse whenever they wanted, and never looked at clocks.
No plastic nipples—I never let my babies take pacifiers, or drink from
a bottle until nursing was well established—for me that meant 2 months.
My babies tended to see plastic nipples as something to play with until
mommy showed up again. They preferred water or juice from a cup if they
had to drink something before I was back.
3. Skin to skin—my
babies were often in a sling or wrap attached to me. They slept next to
my bed and often in my bed. I held my babies as often as possible. This
allowed to nursing whenever they wanted and nursing at night—often in
my bed—since I was not around during the day.
4. I eat—Although,
I don’t get to exercise the same way I did before baby number 2, within
6 months of his birth, I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I don’t
diet either. I never eat anything low fat or non-fat. What I do is eat
fresh, non-processed foods. I eat homemade organic oatmeal every
morning, fruit and veggies, meat, beans, fish, rice…. I rarely eat
anything from a box or a can that I just need to heat. I eat tons of
free-range eggs, raw cheese and milk if I can find them, and always
have a soup with a homemade bone-based broth in the fridge instead. I
have noticed that if I eat certain foods—liver, eggs, ox-tail soup, and
homemade chicken soup with meatballs—that my milk is more plentiful. I
wonder that if mothers who had poor milk supply were told to nurse
often, take a daily nap with their baby and given a carton of homemade
Italian wedding soup—if they would have more milk.
5. I remember
my multi-vitamin and try to have a bottle of water with me at all
times. I know that even though I eat well, I am the mother of 2
children, work full-time and am a wife—which can lead to stress. I also
try to nap with the kids when I can, play in the sand, play with LEGOs
and hug my husband often. I’m sure that helps too.