The Most Helpful Advice on How to Breastfeed a Baby

by Ivy B
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A collection of valuable advice from moms who want to help you successfully breastfeed a baby.  Breastfeeding tips, tricks, hacks, and confessions from real moms.

Hey, mama!  Are you a first timer or more experienced?

I know, it doesn’t really matter when it comes to how you breastfeed a baby, does it?

Every baby is different.

Heck, you’re different whether you’ve had your first baby or your 2nd and subsequent babies.

Circumstances change don’t they?  You’re here because you want to know how to breastfeed your baby.

I totally get it.  How much time have you spent online already searching for how to breastfeed a baby?  And there’s so much information out there.  I mean, where do you start?  Well, how about here?  I’ve rounded up a few articles I’ve enjoyed reading and hope you find them helpful.

If you visit any of the articles, and enjoy them, please be sure to leave them a sweet comment and let them know I sent you!

How to breastfeed a baby: A collection of helpful articles to help you breastfeed your baby. Breastfeeding tips, tricks, hacks, and experiences from moms

General Tips on How to Breastfeed a Baby

For starters, check out an OB Nurse’s Guide to Breastfeeding via The Mama Nurse

OB nurse's guide to breastfeeding via The Mama Nurse

Samantha, from Modern Day Hippie Mama, shared a bunch of wonderful tips for breastfeeding a baby.

Breastfeeding tips and tricks via Modern Day Hippie Mama

Jessi, from The Coffee Mom, is a mom of two.  She shared her breastfeeding advice … I especially love her advice not to supplement if you can help it!

breastfeeding advice from mother of two via The Coffee Mom

Speaking of supplementing, check out how this mom raised the fat content of her milk.  I wish I had seen this in the early days of my breastfeeding experiences… I totally would have given it a shot! via Joyful Abode

raise fat content of breastmilk via A Joyful Abode

Are you a mam with twins?  Jenn from Two Came True shares some really amazing tips for tandem nursing twins.

Tips for a positive experience tandem nursing twins via Two Came True

Earth Mama Angel Baby - Breastfeeding Bundle

Worried about your milk supply?  Oh man … keep calm and drink some water.  Then, head over to read Ashley’s tips, from Spit Up and Sit ups, about how to increase your milk supply.

how to increase your milk supply via Spit Up and Sit Ups

Amanda at The Accidental Mrs shares some interesting tips and tricks for breastfeeding baby.  Oatmeal water?  I haven’t heard of that until this post …

ten tips breastfeeding baby via The Accidental Mrs.

Traveling with a newborn?  Jasmine shares tips on how to travel and breastfeed a baby.

travel and breastfeed a baby

Pumping for work?  Carly shares the tips she learned about how to pump and store milk for breastfeeding a baby for a year.

how to pump at work breastfeeding for a year

Earth Mama Angel Baby - Milk-to-Go Pumping Companion Essentials

Are you going to travel internationally without baby?  You might like these tips from Baby Castan on Board.  Melissa’s baby was exclusively breastfed and she had to travel without the baby for a week.

travel internationally without baby - pumping for the EBF mom on travel via Baby Castan on Board

Can you breastfeed while treating a cold?  Not only can you, but you should!how to treat a cold while breastfeeding  Over at Joyful Abode, learn .

Earth Mama Organics

how to treat a cold while breastfeeding via Joyful Abode

Check out this weird trick to overcome nipple confusion from Gym Craft Laundry.

overcome nipple confusion via Gym Craft Laundry

Breastfeeding Tips for Traveling via Tapped out Travellers

 

Learning from Other’s Mistakes

How My 2nd Breastfeeding Experience Was Better – In a previous post, I share why I believe my second breastfeeding experience was successful vs. my first.

Tips for a better breastfeeding experience

How Others Can Help You As You Breastfeed Your Baby

When you think of breastfeeding a baby, you don’t often think about anyone but a mom and her baby.  But, other family members and friends have a huge, and often unspoken, responsibility for supporting a breastfeeding mother.

A Dad’s Role During Breastfeeding – Travel with the Russells shares an amazing perspective on dad’s role in supporting his wife’s decision to breastfeed.

Dad's role during beastfeeding via Travel with the Russells

If you have about 10 minutes, check out Mama Robin’s video rant about the need for breastfeeding support.  I think you’ll really enjoy the message she’s trying to convey!

How People Feel about Breastfeeding

Sometimes, we just need to know we’re not alone.

I want to start with one of my favorites … Tiffany from Short Sweet Mom shares her breastfeeding surprises (and a few breastfeeding tips).

breastfeeding surprises and tips via Short Sweet Mom

Jasmine shares her top 5 reasons she’s had a love hate relationship with breastfeeding.

Top 5 reasons Jasmine had a love hate relationship with breastfeeding

I’ve had my own trouble with breastfeeding.  My breastfeeding success made me feel guilty – after being successful with my son, it hurt that I, in my mind, failed my daughter.

breastfeeding success guilt

Maybe you’re just afraid to breastfeed!  After a really difficult first experience, I was afraid to breastfeed again when I decided to have a second baby.

confessions from a mom afraid of breastfeeding again

Image courtesy of Jomphong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Do you breastfeed a baby in public or in private?  Krystal from Healthy Happy Thrift Family shares the reasons she prefers to breastfeed in private.

Breastfeed in private

Inez from Diary of a New Mommy shares her confessions of a breastfeeding mommy.

confessions of a breastfeeding mom

Breastfeeding through pregnancy via Joyful Abode

A Personal Breastfeeding Journey via Shahira

Challenges Breastfeeding a Toddler via Healthy Happy Thrifty Family

Essentials and Gear to Breastfeed a Baby

Whether or not you’ve heard that the ACA supplies a breastpump, you might like some assistance in figuring out HOW to order your pump through insurance!  Julie can help you with one way.

how to order a breast pump through insurance via Fab Working Mom Life

Andrea from Messy Nest Mama shares her 10 breastfeeding tips and breastfeeding essentials.  I TOTALLY agree with the glider recommendation, too!

10 breastfeeding essentials and tips

Yasmine from The Gentle Nursery shares her breastfeeding essentials, which includes a lot of natural, organic, and non-toxic options.

Natural and organic guide for breastfeeding essentials

Are you a working mama who is also breastfeeding?  Check out the breastfeeding essentials for a working mom, shared by Julie from Fab Working Mom.

working mom breastfeeding essentials

Are you a working mom?  Check out Julie’s list of pumping bag essentials for you!

pumping bag essentials working mom via Fab Working Mom LIfe

More Breastfeeding Essentials:

Breastfeeding Must Haves via All About Baby’s World

All in One Nursing and Hands Free Pumping Bra via All About Baby’s World

Momzelle Breastfeeding Apparel via SAHM, plus…

Using a contact nipple shield via All About Baby’s World

Breastfeeding Essentials via My Silly Monkey

Breastfeeding, Pumping, and Supplementing

Julie shares her struggle getting her baby to breastfeed, but how she still triumphed as she supplemented.

breastfeeding and supplementing via Fab Working Mom Life

Breast Pumping Tips via My Little Monkey

Lactation Recipes & Products

Julie has this cool Overnight Oatmeal recipe for lactation … because making oatmeal in the morning takes more time than a nursing mama has!

Overnight oatmeal lactation recipe via Fab Working Mom Life

Milkmakers Lactation Cookies Review via All About Baby’s World

Did any of these breastfeeding tips help?  Need anything else?

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30 comments

Julie January 31, 2017 - 11:41 am

Ooh what a fantastic roundup! And thanks for including so many of my posts <3

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Ivy B January 31, 2017 - 12:38 pm

Thanks so much for contributing 🙂

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Tiffany | shortsweetmom January 31, 2017 - 1:02 pm

What an amazing round up! Thank you for including me. Can’t wait to share this great resource with other mamas!

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Jasmine Hewitt January 31, 2017 - 1:43 pm

Thank you for including me! Now I’m off to read these other awesome resources!
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Shahira January 31, 2017 - 3:27 pm

Thank you for featuring me here. Well rounded post. Kudos for the great work.

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Shahira January 31, 2017 - 3:28 pm

Have pinned it too?

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Krystal Miller February 2, 2017 - 5:33 pm

Thanks for including my post!

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Gloria Kaye February 22, 2017 - 7:08 am

After nursing my first two sons successfully, I felt like a pro. Learning to nurse twins was quite a challenge in comparison! The nurse said I would learn how to do two at a time, and I did.
Nursing both babies together was the only way to get some time off from nursing. Remember to always switch sides, it makes a big difference. One side can produce more milk than the other. You don’t want one baby being short changed.
One of my Mother’s Day gifts from my husband was a twin nursing pillow with sloped sides – it was a lifesaver!

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Ivy B February 22, 2017 - 9:49 am

Hi Gloria!

Thanks for stopping by. I’m really glad you brought up this point as I have no experience with twins, so I didn’t even consider seeking out advice for moms with twins. Did you have any blogs or articles that helped you through those challenges? Maybe I could update this post to include some of those!

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Gloria Kaye February 23, 2017 - 8:36 pm

I don’t have blog posts from when my kids were younger, my twins were 10 when I started my blog. Anyone expecting twins should read Mothering Multiples by Karen Kerkoff Gromada. That book was a a lifesaver; I finished reading it before they arrived. The most important lesson with twins is getting help in the form of baby holders. I have a large family and I made a schedule so that I was almost never alone. When my twins arrived, my other two boys were 4 and 2.5 so I needed lots of help and extra hands for the first few months.
My blog, Juggling Mother, does have some popular posts about teaching kids and teens Money Lessons while they are young. I write about saving money, fitness, healthy eating and share some great recipes.
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best bottle warmer May 20, 2017 - 1:43 pm

Nice to meet you admin and it’s really a good article for breastfeeding moms.
thanks

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Esther August 11, 2019 - 10:06 am

I’m happy to come across this blog,where moms gives out their experiences on baby breastfeeding, i’m expecting my first baby soon and is very good to learn from experienced moms, so i valued this blog site so much. Thank you.

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informative post October 29, 2019 - 5:11 pm

During the newborn period, most breastfeeding sessions take 20 to 45 minutes. However, because newborn babies are often sleepy, this length of time may require patience and persistence. Feed on the first side until your baby stops suckling, hands are no longer fisted, and your baby appears sleepy and relaxed.
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Parentlism November 8, 2019 - 5:54 pm

Make sure you feel comfortable too – you could use pillows or cushions to support your back, arms or baby. Hold your baby close, your nipple level with his nose. Touch your nipple gently against his upper lip to encourage him to open his mouth wide. The wider his mouth is, the easier it will be to get a good latch on.
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Charlice January 18, 2020 - 8:50 am

Thank you for all the tips. Breastfeeding a new baby isn’t easy, which explains why many moms will go for cow milk. It’s easier that way. However, breastfeeding is a great endeavor that can definitely help both mom and baby. When mom breastfeeds, it not only enforce a great connection but also gives the baby a strong background. I’ll venture to say that most breastfed baby has a chance at being stronger than those that were fed on powder. Even while on travel, many parents still find peace with breastfeeding. It just takes a few sacrifices, something most moms already know when they’re giving birth. I like to see more parent breastfeeding even if they have to take a shortcut here and there like breast pumping.
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Beth Bishop January 30, 2020 - 12:36 am

While I don’t have a kid, I definitely agree with the points you’ve made here. If only we all had this as kids.

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Angelo February 5, 2020 - 8:54 pm

Choosing the items you want to wash is one of the best tips for laundry services companies…!

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Angelo February 5, 2020 - 8:55 pm

Try to get rid of the mark when you have a laundry services. You can also change the color of the fabric and delete the material…!

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Angelo February 5, 2020 - 8:55 pm

If you have a laundry services, do not try to free yourself from the dye. The painting may also be modified or the paint may be discarded. Nevertheless, when the water is pumped into the cloth, blast not but brush. Normally, flushing water or soda is good…!

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Angelo February 5, 2020 - 8:55 pm

You can also modify or discard paint. However when the laundry services, not blast, but brushes. Normally, flushing or flushing water or soda is good. When the water is flushed, you must not blast or brush…!

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Angelo February 5, 2020 - 8:56 pm

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Goo to shop May 19, 2020 - 11:04 am

It is a great article for new moms. Really liked it

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