“There’s no use crying over spilled milk.”
A mantra for the breastfeeding mother.
In honor of Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day we’ve decided to share some valuable words of wisdom to all the breastfeeding mothers out there that have definitely cried over spilled milk. Adjusting to a breastfeeding routine can be challenging for any mom and spilled milk definitely feels like a tragedy when you’re just getting the hang of it.
Pumping breast milk can be a challenge in itself and any milk that goes to waste can be traumatizing for women who are experiencing a low milk supply or even moms feeling stressed their baby isn’t eating enough.
We want to assure you, it’s all going to be okay.
Whether you’ve knocked over some precious ounces of freshly pumped breast milk or accidentally let some expire, you’ve definitely had a moment of breastfeeding-induced anxiety. No matter what, it’s going to be fine and work itself out. Even if that feels impossible. Whenever things get tough, seize the opportunity to build yourself up.
You are incredible.
Do you know how incredible it is to not only make a firm decision about your parenting style but to stick it through? That’s amazing. Not to mention it’s astonishing how your body can build a human from scratch and produce food for that small person to live! If you ask us, you’re already too amazing to feel let down over some spilled milk.
It might be tough, and you’re entitled to a few bad days but it’s important to look on the bright side. Motherhood, parenting, breastfeeding and pumping won’t go according to plan, that much we can tell you for certain. Learn to laugh at the bumps in the road, celebrate the small triumphs you make every day and learn to let go of the mini mistakes that aren’t failures.
When you’re a mom, there’s no such thing as a failure. Only obstacles.
To help you through the days that feel a little tough or beat up your self esteem, we came up with some tips and tricks for pumping that will make your life a whole lot easier.
- Follow a pumping routine and feeding schedule.
- Drink plenty of water before you pump.
- Hold your baby, look at a photo or something that smells like them. This triggers hormones that help you produce more milk.
- Pump as often as your baby nurses.
- Pump early in the morning when your breasts are the most full.
- Pump from opposite breast as your baby nurses.
- Make sure your pump is as comfortable as possible. Not all pumps are created equal.
Fill your day with affirmations that you’re a breastfeeding pro and everything else will fall into place.
Some days you might feel like breastfeeding isn’t working out, but don’t get impatient. No one becomes a professional overnight and with anything, breastfeeding and pumping take some practice.