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I totally just remembered I never shared the closing of my breast feeding journey with you guys! Well if I’m honest, I’m not even quite sure when or how I stopped myself. One day after Tate was with his dad for a few days I just stopped. All at once and suddenly. My thought process was that since he had gone “x” amount of days without it I guess he didn’t need it anymore. My milk was starting to decrease in supply and it was something I just knew in my heart was right. Truthfully, when I think about it to this day it still makes me sad. I miss the closeness of breast feeding I felt. Something only me and my baby boy could share that no one else could do but us.
I know most moms are going to hate hearing me say this, but the process was a simple one for me. All in all, it took three days of stern “no’s” for him to be done with daytime feeding. Eliminating night time feeds was a little more difficult but still only took about 5 days before he got the idea. We were done. It wasn’t something that only he was mourning but something I was too.
If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know that breast feeding was one of the parts of motherhood that came extremely easy to me. Knowing that I am very blessed, it is not something I take lightly. Not only with lots of blessings and God’s grace was this possible, but also with having the right tools around me.
I figured instead of making this a sad post about what I lost I would make it a bit brighter. So here I am giving you my top 5 tips that helped make breast feeding easier for me:
1. Hydration: Hydration, Hydration, Hydration. If you’re like me and did some “before baby research” this was one of the main things seen on every website. Drink your water. But for me drinking just any ol’ water was not enough, I had to drink the right water. And purchasing my Primo® First Steps Bottom-Loading Water Dispenser, was a no brainer. The Primo Water dispenser goes through a multi-step purification process that eliminates any harmful substances to ensure you’re drinking high quality, safe water that you can trust. It’s self-sanitizing function boils water in warm water reservoir to ensure quality. To people and families who want to live healthier lives, Primo is the home drinking water solution that is proven to help people drink more water, while taking a stand against potentially unsafe tap. If you would like to see the amazing process of how Primo Water system purifies check it out here.
2. Set up. Make sure you are set up before starting to feed. The last thing you want is to get baby latched, you both in a comfortable position and realize you forgot your phone on the counter 5 steps away. Now you’re staring at it the entire feed just wishing it was in your hand and secretly rushing your baby. This can lead to stress and stop or decrease your let down. When I first set up my breast feeding area I made sure my chair or wherever I was sitting was close to everything I would need. Burp rags, diapers, table to hold my phone/book/etc, and most importantly right near my water station for frequent fill ups. The Primo Water system easily set up in minutes and I was able to start hydrating in no time with no tools, plumbing or installation needed. And it’s convenient bottom-loading design, allows me to easily slide in a 3 or 5-gallon Primo water bottle (sold separately at a retailer near you) into the cabinet. Plus, now that my baby boy is older and we are past breast feeding, my water station still remains close by for both of us to get frequent sips. With Primo Water’s amazing accessibility feature little Tater Tot is able to get his own water himself, which he absolutely loves. What’s even better? The piping-hot water side has child-resistant safety feature so I can ensure my little dude stays safe while he exercises his new found independence.
3. Relax. Trust me, the same way you can feel the stress in your shoulders and neck, the baby can feel your stress too. Making these moments stressful can again lead to decrease let down and affect the way your milk gets to your baby. Relaxing and taking a deep breath always helps. One of my favorite relaxation techniques was to sit back and picture my milk flowing down to my baby. I know, it sounds weird but I swear it worked.
4. Round up support. Two’s always a party. Feeding with your partner, friend, mother or whoever around can be a good time. It allows you to focus on something else while also getting the task done at hand. Plus, Primo® water gives everyone access to safe, great-tasting water with the First Steps Bottom-Loading Water Dispenser. This dispenser will grow with a family’s needs as the options for icy cold and hot water are also part of this station. But with all the fun, be weary of two things. One, if your baby is nosey like mine he may be more likely to detach often with a crowd around. So remind him what he’s there for and assist him to re-latching frequently. Two, don’t forget that breastfeeding is also a special moment and you will definitely want to make sure some moments you get to share privately.
5. Have fun. Just like mine, there will be a time when this period of just you, baby and breast ends. There will be a time when a cheeseburger looks more tastier to your baby then the milk you have been giving them for months. It may be stressful and even time consuming at times, but like many other parenting moments, it only lasts for a short while.
Ending my breast feeding journey was not easy. And there are days where I question if I made the right decision stopping when I did. But I know in my heart that the times we shared is something both Tater Tot and I will cherish forever. Until my next baby, these memories will just have to hold me over. For those of you expecting a little one yourself, or maybe you’re just as interested as I am to give your family quality water, add Primo First Steps Bottom-Loading Water Dispenser to your baby registry, or see here.
Take care of you too mama,