Real breastfeeding stories and support

Breastfeeding Tips from Real Moms

At Munchkin, we not only help develop products for parents, we ARE parents. Some of us are new moms, some of us more “experienced” moms with 1, 2 or 3 kids! We all agree that breastfeeding can be a rewarding, yet sometimes difficult, experience. Whether your goal is to exclusively breastfeed on the breast, pump and use a bottle, or combine breast and formula feeding, here are some tips and stories of our own that we hope can help in this exciting, yet sometimes challenging time.

01Monica, new mom of 1 sweet little baby boy

On the importance of help and support

1. Look for support

In the form of friends, family, lactation consultants, doulas, your OB-GYN, support groups, or even online. Some of the biggest issues that moms face is getting into the groove of breastfeeding – finding the right position, supply concerns, foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, under or over-active letdown, and more. Every person’s experience is different and breastfeeding challenges often evolve from week-to-week, so the more people that you speak with, the more options you will have in your tool kit to address those challenges.

2. Watch someone breast feed

Find a friend or a family member who is willing to let you watch her breast feed. Watching the process helps you realize that you will not hurt your baby when you bring their head onto your breast for a correct latch.

3. Although breastfeeding is natural, it is not always easy

It takes time for you and your baby to get to know each other and for you both to get comfortable with this new experience. If she favored a side in the womb, she may favor a breast which will lead to a difference in supply between your breasts.

4. Rely on loved ones

When it comes to household chores, cooking and more. If nursing is a priority, you will need a lot of alone time to nurse your baby during the day and night, so take advantage of the household assistance. It is important that you keep your stress levels low and continue to eat healthy and regularly so that you can produce more and better quality milk.

02Michelle, “experienced” mom of 3 boys – One 6-year old boy and crazy twin toddler boys

On those first few days

My first son had to go to the NICU after he was born because he was dehydrated. My milk didn’t come in soon enough for him and he was a big boy, a voracious eater. He had little formula bottles every 2 hours and then I tried to breastfeed him to get my supply going. I felt terrible. I didn’t know what I was doing and there he was, healthy, but just hungry. I thought I could never nurse him. When we could finally bring him home, he had some small bottles, but after my milk came in he eventually went to 100% breastfeeding. I went back to work after 3 months and pumped and breastfed, but eventually had to supplement because again he just ate so much! Today he’s a thriving, happy 6 year old boy.

03Kristin, “experienced” mom of 2 girls –One 3-year old girl and 1 adorable newborn baby girl

On going back to work

With my first daughter I breastfed her and pumped for 6 months. With my second daughter I decided to pump and feed her with the bottle (with breastmilk) pretty early on. I knew it would allow my husband to help, give me flexibility with my 3 year old daughter, and help with the transition in going back to work. I try to keep a strict pumping schedule to keep my supply up. A few weeks in – still going strong.