This post is part of the Breast-Kept Secrets: Breastfeeding Advice from One Mom to Another series. Go back and read all posts here.
I’ll never forget how I struggled as a first-time breastfeeding mom–especially during the early days! My milk did not arrive until day 5, and I clearly remember taking a bath and looking at my breasts with tears streaming down my face.
“Milk! Come in! Come in!”
It had been my dream to breastfeed, and in my postpartum emotional daze, I thought my milk would never arrive.
A friend of mine from church, Monica, was a former lactation consultant. She volunteered to come over to my house and help me learn the ropes, as it seemed I couldn’t keep my baby awake long enough to bring my milk in.
Monica gave me what I believe to be the very BEST breastfeeding advice. I believe it was this wisdom that gave me the push I needed to persevere through those challenges and other breastfeeding challenges that have come over the course of my now 50-month breastfeeding journey:
Give it two weeks.
That’s it? Yes, that’s it! It’s so simple yet profound.
Instead of feeling like you have to conquer this whole breastfeeding thing from your first days postpartum, just take it one day at a time, and resolve that, no matter what, you will continue to breastfeed for at least two weeks.
Once those two weeks are up, go ahead and add two more. Next, commit to breastfeed for a month. Then make it two.
Before you know it, you will have breastfed for an entire year. That’s how it worked for me!
Those two weeks turned into:
22 months with Baby Girl #1
18 months with Baby Girl #2
10 months and counting with Baby Girl #3
Just give it two weeks. I know you can do it!
What is your best breastfeeding advice?
P.S. Wondering why you should breastfeed in the first place? Read HERE about some of the benefits of breastfeeding and how breastfeeding paves the way for a real food life!