*Those first 2 weeks aren’t fun.
*The worst of it will soon pass and it will all be worth it. (if it doesn’t pass, call your local La Leche League leader…that’s what they are there for!)
*Sleep while you nurse.
*Watch videos or listen to music or read while you nurse.
*Have a box of toys and activities near you for your toddlers to play with while your nurse.
*Don’t be afraid to unlatch baby to take care of discipline issues with the toddler. Baby will forgive the delay.
*Toddlers always need to love on the baby at exactly the same time as mama is nursing.
*Nurslings always need to eat at exactly the same time mama is eating.
*You will try to nurse baby while you eat and you will spill something on baby.
*Don’t be afraid to breastfeed anywhere and everywhere.
*Practice nursing in public at home…in front of a mirror.
*Never underestimate the antics of a baby who does not want to be covered up while nursing in public.
*What you pump is not a good gauge of what is really there.
*There is nothing fun about pumping. Don’t do it unless you have to.
*It’s okay to be a human pacifier.
*It’s okay to take your baby places babies usually don’t go because you are a human pacifier.
*It’s okay to say, “I’m sorry, I can’t go…I have a nursing baby.”
*Trust your instincts.
*Don’t trust Great Aunt Maudie who never breastfed a day in her life.
*Never feel guilty.
*Enjoy every second of it.
(You can read about my very special nursing relationship with the little girl in the photo above.)