Sunday, May 08, 2011

Remember to drink lots of water.

To working women who are breastfeeding babies, who are pregnant with babies who will be breastfeeding, or who may breastfeed babies in the future, remember to drink lots of water.

Do not be afraid to go back to work. Go back because you need to support your family, because you want to have a better lifestyle, because you enjoy it.

Get two pumps. One for home, one for work.

You don't need a hospital-grade pump. Buy the best one you can afford. Do not be afraid of a used one, if it is in good condition. Replace all of the tubing and horns. Buying a used double pump is a thousand times better than buying a new manual pump.

Find a place at work where you won't be bothered, be it a Mother's Room, an office or a janitor's closet. If it doesn't lock, put a chair under the knob and a sign on the door.

Buy all of the nursing tank tops and bras you think you will need. Then buy four more. Get them at Target. They're soft, durable and cheap. You need to be comfortable. is your friend. It has answers to all of the questions you have, and several hundred you will have but haven't thought of yet.

Don't be afraid to have a few drinks. If you can drive, you can breastfeed. If you can't, you can pump and dump.

Make a schedule and stick to it. If your baby eats every two hours, you should pump every two hours. Make appointments for yourself. But, it's better to pump late than to skip it.

After your baby is four to six weeks old, nipple confusion is a myth. You have enough things to worry about, skip this one.

Build up a good freezer stash. A stash is like frozen gold.

Don't be afraid to supplement with formula. If your baby is hungry, feed your baby, even if it compromises your ideals. Don't allow your ideals to make you selfish and cruel.

Eat oatmeal. And not just in cookies.

Buy enough bottles for at least two days, then buy four more. Don't be afraid to wash them in the dishwasher. Always check the nipples for holes, especially after teeth come in.

Do be afriad of teeth.

Don't eat a lot of broccoli. Remember that your baby eats what you eat, so anything that induces gas will not be fun for your baby.

Eat healthy. Don't diet. Don't go crazy on the pastry either.

But one of the most important things, as in most of life, is to drink a lot of water. Then drink four more.

Happy Mother's Day.
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