I’m looking forward to trying two new things with baby boy as soon as he arrives. The first, breastfeeding the “traditional” way. At some point I’ll post all the dirty details about Elise but the short story is that due to latch issues then my re-hospitalization due to high blood pressure (we were separated for four nights), I was an exclusive pumper. For eight months. Gah.
This time I have an ACTION PLAN:
1. I’m taking Mother Me’s ”Breastfeeding without the Rules” class tomorrow night. Two friends who had successful breastfeeding relationships highly recommended the class. (Mother Me provides Chicago families with birthing support/doulas, classes, consulting and other services. I interviewed the owner, Rita, a few months ago about how to switch doctors mid pregnancy.)
2. I’m reading La Leche League’s The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. I remember all of the “basics” from last time but each night I skim through a few chapters as a refresher.
3. I have a Lactation Consultant lined up in case we have problems. A friend recommended that I find an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.) I did some Internet research and now have Kathy with Lactation Partners on speed dial. Kathy spent about 20 minutes on the phone with me talking about her approach and giving me some tips. I really appreciated her time and while hopefully I won’t need her, I know she’s there if I do.
(Don’t be shy….I want to hear your advice in the comments or what worked for you!)
On to the second thing….babywearing! Remember when Steph from Adventures in Babywearing came over a few months ago? I posted this Beginner’s Guide and it’s been so helpful (and I’m not even babywearing yet). Steph lent her ring sling to my friend Megan (below) who then passed it down to me today and also gave me a little demo. That’s Elise’s baby doll in the sling, by the way.
I’m lucky. I have generous babywearing friends. Most of them also breastfed/breastfeed so I know I have a lot of support.
One more thing: Steph and I talked about breastfeeding and babywearing a few months ago. A lot of people group them into the category of “crunchy” moms. I like Steph’s response on babywearing:
Babywearing is really any act of keeping your child close in a carrier. Crunchy or not, babywearing works wonders for parents and caregivers that don’t want to lug around a stroller, have multiple children to keep track of, or to just soothe their baby while they get things done, keeping their hands-free.
And yes, wearing a baby in a Bjorn or other “traditional” carrier IS babywearing. At least that’s what Steph says.