A - Assistance: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Some women feel unwomanly or like bad mothers if they need help, but it’s perfectly fine to ask your mom, sister, friend, or lactation consultant.
B – Bonding: Nursing is a powerful bonding experience for both mom and baby.
C - Colostrum: The first milk your breasts produce during the early days of breastfeeding designed to pass along loads of carbohydrates, protein, and antibodies.
D - Ducts: One of the challenges of nursing are plugged milk ducts. They can be painful and prevent you from breastfeeding well.
E - Ear infections: Breastfeeding can help prevent ear infections by helping pass immunities along to your baby early in life.
F – Football Hold: This is one of the nursing positions lactation consultants recommend for the mom who's had a C-section and also for mothers with large breasts or small babies. This is also popular with mothers of twins who want to feed the babies at the same time.
H – Healthy mom and baby: Breastfeeding offers numerous health benefits to both mom and baby.
I - Immune properties: Breastfeeding passes along the mother’s immune system properties to the baby during the first few weeks.
J – Just relax: Babies pick up on mama’s stress, so try to create a relaxing environment to breastfeed.
K – Keep it up: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months and the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.
L - Latch: Learn how to achieve a proper latch so your baby gets plenty of milk. Some moms struggle with this, so you may have to speak with a lactation consultant.
M – Menstrual Cycle: Your cycle typically does not start back up until after you are done breastfeeding. Another nursing bonus!
N - Nursing Bra: Use a quality nursing bra to make it more comfortable. You want something convenient, ideally with a secret pocket for securing warm or cool packs.
O – Oxytocin: Oxytocin is a feel-good chemical released during the brain during all the fun parts of life: hugging, touching, sex, excitement, and you guessed it… breastfeeding.
P – Pumping: You may have to pump milk to keep your supply going or for use while you are at work. Not all pumps are of the same quality so choose a pump that fits your specific needs and your lifestyle.
Q – Quick weight loss: Breastfeeding burns tons of calories. It’s a great way to get back to your pre-pregnancy body.
R – Routine: It’s important that you find a way to work breastfeeding into your regular routine since you will be doing it often.
S - Save money: Families who follow optimal breastfeeding practices can save $1,200 - $1,500 on formula.
T – Time saver: There’s no need to mix and warm formula because breast milk is ready on demand.
U – Underwire: Until your milk comes in and your breast size quits fluctuating, choose a nursing bra without an underwire to prevent plugged ducts and mastitis.
V – Veterans: Reach out to veteran nursing moms who have successfully breastfed for advice. Sometimes the best tips come from peers who have been through similar circumstances.
W - Wrap: If you're shy about exposing your breast in public, use a nursing wrap/cover. But you should not let other people’s ridicule for feeding your child in public stop you. Do what is best for you and your baby.
X – X-legged: Sitting cross legged with a nursing pillow for support is one position that you may find the most comfortable, but there are many. Experiment to see what works best for you and baby.
Y – You can do it: Breastfeeding may be tricky at first, but stick with it and you can succeed. Don’t be discouraged early on; the benefits of pushing through are worth it.
Z –ZZZ’s: Being well-rested may help with milk supply, and it definitely helps keep you relaxed when things don’t go as planned.