What I Wish I Knew About Nursing
 We asked our team what they wish they knew about nursing before they had their babes.
Here's what they said.

Jennifer Howard
Jennifer Howard 
Head of Ecommerce

1. Breastfeeding is hard and people will tell you that you cannot do it.  You will be told that your nipples are not big enough. You will be told that you are not producing enough milk. And maybe some of that is true. But keep trying until you are satisfied. And then remember that you are a mama whether you breastfeed or not. Remember that skin to skin can be done at anytime. Take the time to bond while breastfeeding or not!

Tanya Wu
Tanya Wu
Merchandising Inventory Planner

2. Remember to try to enjoy your breastfeeding journey- no matter if it's joyful or painful. It is the path to bond with your lovely babes, and it's amazing to see them growing up in your arm!

Whitney Valentine
Whitney Valentine-Wafer
VP, Finance

3. It can be so hard at the start, and it isn’t natural and easy for everyone. We had 2 lactation consultants and a tongue tie before it clicked. 

If you pump, don’t feel bad if you are an exact producer - not everyone has a freezer full of milk. I stopped pumping at 12 months and had exactly 2 bags of frozen milk left. 

One morning you might realize you are no longer nursing a sweet tiny baby and instead nursing a toddler doing gymnastics

Jenna Arthur
Manager, Production

4. No one told me how hard it would be. I felt it was harder to nurse than be pregnant. It was exhausting and emotional. The first 2-4 weeks were by far the hardest but every week it got easier and easier. By 2 months in it was much easier and was one of the most rewarding things I felt I could do for my baby.

I do always tell my friends when they are in their first few weeks that sometimes breastfeeding might not be for you and thats ok. You need to do what is best for you and baby. However, as hard as it felt they all stuck it out and made it through.

Lastly 2nd time mom and soon to be 3rd I can say from my experience it does get easier with each child. You are more relaxed and equipped to handle the cluster feeding, your body and mind is more prepared than with your first.

 

 

Andrea Petrone
VP Operations

5. I wish someone told me how physically and mentally challenging it was. You are their lifeline, their source for food. That adds a tremendous amount of pressure. Trying to navigate this new skill, while also healing from major surgery was a HUGE feat!  I also had a hard time not knowing exactly how much she was consuming. Babies are smart and they will let you know when they are hungry. If you need help – ask for it! Lactation consultants are a great resource. If you need to supplement with formula – do it! Fed is best. You got this mama! 

Jessica
Jessica Jalowiec
Associate Director, Marketing

6. Our baby fell off the growth chart when she was 2 months old and it was heartbreaking. I felt like I failed her, and failed at being her Mom. In between all the clogged ducts, blebs (yes its a thing, google it...and I'm sorry for those who suffer with these), salt water soaks, nipple creams, tears, and everything else...we somehow found our way to exclusive breastfeeding (going on 7 months strong with a healthy baby who is now in the 50th percentile for weight). #happyhormonaltears

For all the new mamas out there, I am with you wholeheartedly.

1. Believe in the magic that is in the bodily form of lactation consultants. They are incredibly helpful.

2. Get a Hakka silicone pump.

3. Learn how to hand express...its daunting but its so helpful.

4. Call your mom friends who have walked the road before you. They are a wealth of knowledge and will be able to help you!

5. If you have a partner, believe in the power of their help. They should be armed with the knowledge to support you. Snacks, water, emotional understanding and empathy. 

Your body literally makes milk that keeps a tiny human alive.

Yep...we think you're doing pretty great, Mama.

Ingrid & Isabel was born when its founder, Ingrid, was newly pregnant with her daughter Isabel and could no longer button her pre-pregnancy bottoms. She fashioned the first prototype of the Bellaband and spent three years perfecting the design before it hit shelves in 2003. To this day, every piece we make, we design with, on, and for moms. Shop our full line of maternity wear.


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