I am so excited that Holly Yeager, owner of Lancaster Doulas LLC, has written a guest blog for us. Check it out below!
Infant Feeding: What I Know
Babies need to be fed. How and when you do it is entirely up to you. With tons of options including; bottles, breast, pumps, and pads there is a solution for every situation.
Breastfeeding sucks! Actually, that is not entirely true. Breastfeeding babies use a massaging motion with their tongue to stimulate letdown and milk flow. While there is a small amount of suction, that is not the main mechanism. This is why many times women report that their breast pump is not as efficient at removing milk as the actual baby is. It is important to know that for some women the amount you pump is not indicative of the amount of milk you produce.
But so does bottle feeding, Mixing up bottles can be a pain in the butt. However, many parents like the convenience of not being the only one to feed the baby. It feels so nice to get that extra hour of sleep, or take a shower knowing someone else can feed the baby.
You also have the option of using different formula for your baby's different needs. Always talk to your pediatrician though before switching formula.
Babies sleep way too little. If your baby bottle or breastfeeds , there is one thing they have in common: they sleep way too little. Your little bundle of joy has a teeny, tiny stomach. This means they fill up quick, but also means they get hungry soon after.
Some parents choose to feed on demand, some choose to feed on a schedule. Neither choice is better than the other; whichever one makes sense to you is your best bet.
How to keep your sanity. It can be hard with a new baby. A postpartum doula will help you create a system that works for you. You can also talk to your pediatrician about your options. In the first few weeks try and focus on yourself and your new baby. Let friends and family help with housework, meal preparation, and anything else you can outsource.
Your choice is yours alone. Don't let anyone judge you for your decisions. How you feed your baby is your choice. If you feel like you could use additional support, reach out to your doula, pediatrician, or lactation counselor. There are many people who are able to support you in whatever decision you make.
Holly Yeager is the owner of Lancaster Doulas LLC
Erin love to write about topics that families are interested in, to help spread awareness throughout the community, and to help her clients and future clients better understand her services. She loves chatting with people about her blogs, so feel free to contact her!