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At mater mea, we make every effort to provide breastfeeding resources to black people. But instead of saying “breastfeeding is better” or even “feeding is best,” Andrea Syms-Brown, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Andrea Syms-Brown has this breastfeeding tip to share:
“The support is the best.
In one instagram live With Mater Mea Founder, Tomi Akitunde, Andrea discussed why support is the most important thing a nursing or breastfeeding parent can have.
“There can be ups, downs and challenges along a breastfeeding journey,” she says. “Having other people around to listen and reassure a mom can really take the pressure off and put her at ease.”
This support may look like working with a lactation consultant who can help you navigate common breastfeeding problems such as breastfeeding or milk supply problems. You can join online Breastfeeding Support Groups for Blacks to talk to moms and parents who are ready to be your biggest cheerleaders and advocates.
Online groups are a great way to get breastfeeding advice. But you can also talk directly to your friends and ask them about their experiences. So we did: we rounded up the best breastfeeding advice our community had to offer.
Whether you plan to breastfeed for a few weeks or a few years (like these extended breastfeeding moms fact), the advice of these ladies will help support you on your journey.
1. Research breastfeeding before you give birth
“Researching breastfeeding well before giving birth was so helpful. It was also helpful to join a breastfeeding group run by black lactation consultants who posted evidence-based information rather than ‘this is what worked for me’ information,” says one member. of the mater mea community. Courtney on Instagram.
“My advice is to get your partner — or another supportive and present person in your life — to get on board early in learning to breastfeed,” she adds. “Immediately after birth, a partner who knows latching and positioning can help a tired birth parent latch the baby on and breastfeed well, because he can see from a different angle and has the strength and access needed to help change the baby’s position. A knowledgeable partner also knows that breastfeeding is difficult and a learning process, and can mentor an emotional birth parent that both parent and baby are learning and this is their first time. Patience is so essential in these first hours and days.”
2. Listen to your baby’s needs as soon as they arrive
“I learned to listen baby. When baby wanted to be at the breast, I let him. That’s what helped me grow my offering,” Joanna Cartwright says on Instagram. @JoannaKimberly_)
Part of learning about your baby’s needs can be getting support from a lactation professional, adds Courtney.
“[Seek] an IBCLC to be part of your care team,” she says. “LC hospitals just aren’t that.”
Once you know your baby’s needs, you’ll be able to meet them with comfortable, easy-to-use nursing bras that make it easy.
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