Disclaimer: I received a breastpump from Evenflo in order to facilitate my review and in return for sharing these tips and tricks with you. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.
As you may know, I am just a few weeks away from giving birth to baby #8. Breastfeeding is an important topic to me, and while I don’t talk about it too often, I always look forward to sharing more tips and tricks with you on the subject.
Recently, I was asked if I would share some Breastfeeding Tips, Tricks, and Myths from renowned lactation consultant and Registered Nurse Shari Criso.
I hope these will help encourage you in your breastfeeding journey. I’ve breastfed 6 of my 7 kids, and plan to breastfeed #8 for as long as I can. As always, if I can ever be of any help, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Shari Criso’s Top 3 Breastfeeding Tips
- Tip #1: Become as knowledgeable and educated as possible about breastfeeding BEFORE you have your baby. Trying to wing it after the baby comes or rely on the staff at the hospital to teach you could be a disaster and the reason why breastfeeding was not successful.
- Tip #2: Purchase what you will need to makebreastfeeding more comfortable and easier especially in the first few weeks when you are first adjusting and it is usually the most difficult time. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to accomplish this, but assume that you WILL be successful and get what you need. You may be able to get help with breastfeeding at no cost, since your health insurance plan must cover the cost of a breast pump – and may offer to cover either a rental or a new one for you to keep. I like the Evenflo® Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump: $99.99-$159.99
- Tip #3: Make sure you are surrounded with support. One of the biggest challenges and reasons for moms not having the success that they want with breastfeeding is not getting the support from the people around them. Get your partner on board with education and information. A supportive partner is one of the biggest reasons for breastfeeding success. Find friends and other breastfeeding moms who were successful to speak to and line up a lactation consultant before you deliver so you can reach out for help as soon as you need it.
Next, Shari tackles some of the top breastfeeding myths…
Shari Criso’s Top Breastfeeding Myths:
- Myth #1: A large percentage of our population just can’t make enough milk to fully nourish their babies.
Fact: Our bodies were made to breastfeed and our species has survived for hundreds of thousands of years this way. It is actually UNCOMMON for a mom to carry a pregnancy, deliver a baby, and then just not be able to feed it. It does not make sense. There are some moms who may have issues with milk supply, but most of the time it is due to inaccurate advice to supplement with formula because of a “perceived” low supply issue instead of a real supply issue.
- Myth #2: That if your mom or sister couldn’t breastfeed, that you won’t be able to breastfeed as well.
Fact: I don’t know what happened with a woman’s mom or sister, but I do know that their mother’s mother, and her mother before that, and so on…were able to breastfeed or they would not be here. We come from a line of women that were able to produce enough and feed their babies because that was the only way. Although the ability to breastfeed can have a genetic factor, this is usually not the case. Most of the time the reason that the mom or sister was not able to breastfeed is due to reasons that were not medical issues, but rather misinformation or assumptions about their bodies ability to make enough milk.
- Myth #3: That you have to have the perfect diet and lifestyle to make good and enough milk.
Fact: This is just untrue. If having the perfect diet, enough rest, not too much stress, etc. were major factors in your body’s ability to feed your baby then our species would have died off long ago. People throughout history have lived through some of the most difficult situations and still were able to feed. Although our own health does make breastfeeding easier, it is not critical in making enough or good “quality” milk. A good diet will keep you healthy, but regardless of what you are eating your milk is rarely effected except in the most extreme cases.
- Myth #4: Breastfeeding will change the shape of your breasts.
Fact: Breastfeeding itself is not the culprit. Other factors that can change your breast appearance more than breastfeeding includes BMI, age, history of smoking, large pre-pregnancy breast size and number of pregnancies.
I also want to give you a few of Shari’s favorite items to help encourage breastfeeding and maybe even make it a little easier on you.
Shari Criso’s Must-Have Products to Make Breastfeeding Easier
- Evenflo® Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump: $99.99-$159.99
www.Evenflofeeding.com *available mid-August
Simple way to support breastfeeding for your baby. Small, handheld, portable convenient and diaper-bag ready.
- Warm Milk All-in-One Diaper Bag + Feeding Pillow: $115
The Baby Hobo Bag is a diaper bag that converts into a breastfeeding pillow to provide perfect positioning for moms on-the-go.
- Milk Makers: $14.99-$39
Lactation cookies are an easy, delicious, and nutritious way to help boost milk supply.
- Bravado Designs Ultra Comfort Nursing Camisole: $34.99
Easy to wear while pregnant or nursing your new baby. Wire-free, seam-free, and has a long silhouette.
I hope some of these tips, tricks, busted myths, and products help you. I know the thought of breastfeeding for the first time (or the 7th time!), can be stressful, but it every second of doubt or worry you might have now will be gone the moment your baby is in your arms, snuggled up to your chest.
My Review of the Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump
While I can’t really review the pump yet… I have been doing my research on breast pumps, and the Evenflo pump had become the clear winner even before I received it for review. I honestly cannot wait to start using this pump. I’m praying it will help me build up a great stash in the freezer so that family and friends can help with feeding.
Since I can’t review it yet, I want to give you some of the features of this pump and why it made the top of my list:
- 32 settings for optimal control.That is a LOT of settings! That means you’re much more likely to get the suction you need at any given time.
- 3 assorted flange sizes for different sized moms. None of those “one size fits all” that don’t really fit all. Ensures a comfortable fit no matter what your cup size.
- Hygienic, closed pumping system. This prevents milk from backing up into the system and tainting the milk or ruining the pump.
- Plug in or battery powered. Makes it great for on the go or pumping at home or at work.
- Converts to single pump use easily. For those times when you might need to pump on one side while feeding on the other, or to prevent engorgement
- PerfectPosition designed for slouch free pumping. Great for when comfort is of the utmost importance.
- Includes drawstring wet parts bag and access to “Simply Breastfeeding” and “Breast Pumps & Briefcases” educational programs. I haven’t found any other pump that includes such fabulous breastfeeding material to encourage breastfeeding mothers. I love it! And the bag is great for taking it on the go.
Just a few more weeks, and I’ll finally be able to put this pump to good use! I can’t wait! So many fabulous features, and I’m looking forward to putting it to the test.
What Breastfeeding Tips & Tricks have helped YOU most?