6 Lessons for the First 6 Months of Breastfeeding
As a new parent, I feel like I’m learning new things constantly. There is so much to learn in the world of babies, it can feel a bit overwhelming! I want to make sure I am making all the right choices for her as a mom and that starts with what she intakes. Breastfeeding these past six months have been filled with beautiful and hard moments, making me learn a thing or two. Recently we discovered Evivo, which provides babies with healthy bacteria to build up a good immune system.
I have partnered with them to share 6 lessons we have learned during her first 6 months of breastfeeding.
1. It requires patience
Some babies are easier than others, mine definitely being more challenging. If you’ve kept up with my breastfeeding journey, you’ll know we faced lots of obstacles. Through it all, I was required a lot of patience to continue feeding her. Latching a shallow latch and impatient baby, took a lot of deep breaths! Go into breastfeeding knowing you will need patience. Your little one may want to feed after eating just thirty minutes ago. They may finish eating by spitting up all over your chest, or maybe patience is required when you have to relatch them for the third time. Breastfeeding requires a lot of patience, especially in the first 6 months as you and baby are adjusting, mentally prepare yourself for that.
2. Consider adding a probiotic
This may seem like a different concept, but there were times I felt she wasn’t getting enough nutrients from my breast milk. Breast milk has amazing powers and protected her when I was sick, but still I wish I had known more about baby products out there that help our little ones. Evivo combines with breast milk to help ensure your baby has a healthy gut. When more good bacteria exists in the gut, it creates a strong wall and crowds out the bad bacteria. Unfortunately, today, 9 out of 10 babies are experiencing a disruption in their gut, causing more bad bacteria to thrive. You can learn more about Evivo and all the benefits of it!
It is critical in the first 6 months of your baby’s life for metabolic and autoimmune development, so incorporating Evivo into our daily routine was a necessity. Below I show you how easy it is to add Evivo to your baby’s diet.
3. You need to take care of your body too.
Yay we are feeding baby and taking care of their health! Wait, when was the last time I ate?! Remember during pregnancy how you were eating for two, well you still are. Breastfeeding takes a lot out of you and a lot goes to baby and some is just you burning calories (that counts as a work out right?). I often found myself these first few months not having time to eat and some days I would go all day without drinking water. I had a huge appetite don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I chose sleeping over eating which didn’t help anyone. Drinking lots of water and making sure you are intaking enough calories is essential. If you can manage to feed yourself while feeding baby, do it. You will find that you have bigger cravings then you did while pregnant, it’s okay to give into them. As long as you are eating and taking care of you and baby, who cares how much you weigh? We have our whole lives to work out, these first few months are very important for our postpartum health and for baby to grow... Read more on The Strattons Blog