Surrounded by nursing pillows, wearing the same milk encrusted nightgown you put on three days ago.
Sitting next to a breast pump that’s starting to look like it might actually be a ball and chain in disguise.
Reluctantly grabbing another bottle while you swallow a lump of disappointment.
Sometimes that damn pump talks to you at 2am. You resent the rhythmic “I told you so, I told you so, I told you so” sound of the motor. It’s starting to sound like all the people in your life suggesting you should call it quits.
It’s not really PC to admit you don’t want to bottle feed (or that yeah, you’ve cried about this), but the truth is…in your heart of hearts…you just want to make breastfeeding work.
You just want to go back to your pregnant self and say “Hey be prepared for this,” or “Definitely don’t do that.” You wonder if it’s too late.
✘ Worried you won’t be able to breastfeed as long as you hope to
✘ Not sure if baby is getting enough milk
✘ Pumping less milk even though you’re trying everything
✘ Frustrated that the breastfeeding advice you’re getting from friends isn’t making breastfeeding easier
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Fundamental lactation principles that will get you started and keep you ahead of milk supply issues so that you don’t have to stress about this ever again
Convenient 1 page cheat sheets addressing the most common breastfeeding issues so you can stop hoping things get better and start doing something proactive instead
Printables & planning pages you can use to prepare for breastfeeding in the hospital, at home, and at work so you can deal with issues before they happen
When I certified as a lactation educator and counselor, moms came to me with the same issues and questions over and over again: How do I increase my supply? How do I know if my baby is getting enough? I’m worried I won’t be able to breastfeed for much longer.
So I took my knowledge and training, condensed it, and created a breastfeeding resource that was a quick read without sacrificing accuracy. A guide that gets to the heart of moms’ questions about breastfeeding so they can stop worrying and start enjoying nursing their baby.
I get it. Because not long ago, I too was that mom buried in nursing pillows, dripping in spit-up, cringing through pinchy latches, wondering if I would be able to make breastfeeding work. It’s not a fun place to be. Get out of there as soon as you can!
• Why do babies suck so much
• What’s the big deal about breastmilk
• Feeding cues
• Recommended nursing positions
• The importance of deep latch and deep latch technique
• Signs baby is getting enough
• Normal feeding frequency
• How to keep up your milk supply long term
• When to pump
• What normal pump output actually looks like
• The right way to bottle-feed a breastfed baby
• How to tell if you have low supply
• How to protect your milk supply if you need to supplement
• Which milk boosters are proven to work (and which aren’t)
• Overlooked causes of gas & reflux
• The steps you should take if supply issues hit
• Why oversupply is actually a problem
• How to tell if your baby might be sensitive or allergic to dairy
• How to prepare to go back to work
• When you should be concerned about jaundice
• How to safely lose weight while keeping up your milk supply
• When to introduce solid foods (and why you want to wait)
• What to do about tongue and upper lip ties
• How to find out if a medication is actually breastfeeding-friendly
• And much more!
The American Academy of Pediatrics acknowledged the need for physician education and training in breastfeeding in an action plan they published in 2018. The truth is, most pediatricians don’t actually have lactation training or may have incomplete breastfeeding education. And it can be almost impossible for the providers who do have lactation training to squeeze in thorough breastfeeding education in a standard 20-minute well check once every couple months.
An online mom or breastfeeding group can be a great place to get information and support. But depending on who runs the group and how well moderated it is, online support groups can be rife with misinformation about breastfeeding.
It can be hard to tell if the advice you’re getting is evidence-based or simply culturally biased popular opinion. A lot of “tips” spread in some support groups can actually lower milk supply over time or cause breastfeeding issues if you don’t know what to look out for.
And yes–you actually totally should take a breastfeeding class! Not all breastfeeding classes will cover all the information included in The Tired Mom’s Guide, and not all classes will give you a hard copy of that information to take home. Ask your class instructor if a detailed hard copy of the information taught in the class is available. Alternatively, be sure to take lots of notes so you can refer to that information again when you need it at 2am!
Not all hospitals have lactation consultants on staff, and not all nurses on the Labor & Delivery floor have lactation training! And nurses who do might have only a limited amount. Plus, the kinds of issues that give most moms the biggest problems typically begin well after discharge from the hospital. If your hospital does have a lactation consultant on staff, there’s unfortunately a good chance that in your brief consultation she won’t be able to cover all the information that will help you be successful long term.
No! This resource is NOT designed to be a substitute for in-person or professional healthcare advice. This guide will better equip you to ask the right questions. It can give you a sense of when seeking a second opinion from another professional might be a good idea. But some breastfeeding issues will require in-person and/or professional support, and some babies will need formula. That said, breastfeeding education can help lower your chances of experiencing issues that necessitate formula or the need for professional care.
Yes! It is available other places! But I found those places scattered around the internet and hidden in big books. If you have the time to search, you will eventually find what you are looking for. As someone with experience helping other moms breastfeed, I have the advantage of knowing what information tends to be most helpful for most moms, and I pass that advantage on to you in The Tired Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding.
Probably not. Simply reading this guide will not automatically fix breastfeeding problems. Action will be required on your part. Sometimes the action is straightforward and can be done on your own.
Considering how much time and money you stand to save if you can avoid common breastfeeding pitfalls (One 30oz can of brand-name formula costs about $35), The Tired Mom’s Guide is a steal at just $23!
While I am confident this guide contains useful, new information for breastfeeding moms, if you don’t learn anything new from this resource, I’ll refund 100% of your money!
This guide is written to be a resource for normal mother-baby dyads in situations not complicated by health conditions, prematurity, or special circumstances. While many of the principles explained in this guide apply to everyone, some mothers will need to seek in-person support for more complicated issues. Again, this guide can give you a sense of what is “normal” and what might warrant special help. Always seek in-person support and consult your healthcare provider with concerns.
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