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Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk

“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.

With a strong support system and self determination in place, you can conquer your breastfeeding goals and say goodbye to the days of crying over spilled milk.

Natural Birth is Possible

Natural Birth IS Possible!

Our bodies transform in amazing ways to grow, give birth to, and breastfeed our babies. Many women experience anxiety about birth and are frightened about the pain of labor. This fear may keep expectant mothers from thinking they are capable of delivering their baby without pain medication. However, a natural, drug-free birth can be a safer option for both mother and baby. And it’s something women have been doing since the beginning of time!

“We are the only species that can doubt it’s capacity to give birth.” Ina May Gaskin

Your jouney to a natural and non-medicated birth begins with choosing a supportive care provider and comfortable birth environment. Add in prenatal education with a focus on natural birth along with encouraging labor support and you’ve created a strong, supportive foundation that will give you comfort and confidence as you birth your baby.

Women are strong.

Our Childbirth Education classes are included as part of our Midwifery Care at Birthways because we, as Midwives, see the direct benefit of mothers being informed about birth and their options for care. Our classes will strengthen your knowledge about birth and share valuable comfort measures to support you through birth and into Motherhood.

The truth is, you absolutely can do this!

Our team is here to provide families with the information and resources they need to have a natural birth experience. With our Midwives at Birthways or in your home, you can follow the rhythm of your own labor. You can eat & drink as you desire, move around freely, and give birth in whatever position works for you and your baby. Having the freedom to move as you see fit makes coping with labor easier. Many women find the use of water, both the shower and the tub, comforting during labor, so much so that many of our mothers choose to have a waterbirth.

The way you give birth is up to you.. our team is here to support you every step of the way!

The Midwives at Birthways Family Birth Center believe in your ability to give birth. We believe that women are strong. We believe that women want the best for their babies. We believe all women should have the opportunity to choose how and where they want to give birth. We believe there is a time and a place for every intervention and the wisdom is in knowing when to use them. We believe that women and babies deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. We believe in YOU!

Your body is incredible and you are stronger than you think you are!

If you’re interested in pursuing a natural birth, Birthways Family Birth Center can help you take the first step.

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