Since little A was only a few minutes old, he and I have maintained an exclusive breastfeeding relationship. Breastfeeding my son has not only given him an awesome start to life, but it has also been one of the greatest pleasures of my life. It makes me extremely proud that my body, alone, has provided his sole nutrition for nearly four months. The human body, especially the female body, is so incredible and I just never realized that until I became a mother.
But breastfeeding also comes with its struggles.
For something so natural, it sure comes difficult. I remember being in the hospital after he was born and having nurses and lactation consultants help me get him latched on correctly. He was just SUCH a sleepy newborn, and his latch never felt right while I was there. Thankfully for me, the nipple soreness and frustrated feedings went away when I started using only the football style hold. I could only feed him using that hold until he was about 9 weeks old. I guess by then breastfeeding was so normal to him that he could latch upside-down if he had to!
Anyway, my point is, breastfeeding is tough sometimes. There are bumps in everyone's journey, and it's just about getting over them. Literally, the one thing that helped me soooo much, especially in the beginning of my breastfeeding journey, was the Boppy pillow. What a great invention! It propped my little guy up just enough, and gave me the support to stabilize him. Nothing is more frustrating than finally getting your baby to latch, just to have to readjust them causing them to pop off immediately...*sigh*
But yeah, the Boppy. What a great pillow.
Not only for breastfeeding either! Big A has used the Boppy to hold our sprout while he was sleeping. Or, since he's still so small, it's nice to put the Boppy around yourself so your baby can be propped up whether looking at you or away.
Another great use for this pillow is Tummy Time. He isn't as bad now, but little A used to HATE Tummy Time. He would scream every second he was down. But somehow, the Boppy made it just that much more manageable. This picture is when he was really young, just over a month old, that's why he looks so tiny!
So for all you new moms, or moms-to-be, out there who are planning on breastfeeding (or bottle feeding, honestly, this thing is so versatile!), I definitely suggest picking one of these bad boys up.
You can head over to amazon here:
and pick one up! This is just a plain white one, but they offer a wide selection of prints!!
You won't be disappointed.
Until next time,
This blog post was not sponsored by Boppy or any other organization.
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