When I breastfed my son, we experienced a variety of phases. There was the first month or so of struggles, the following months of exclusive breastfeeding, the introduction of solid foods in conjunction with nursing, followed by the long, long period of slow weaning. However, when I think back on it, those early months when we were just breastfeeding were pretty unique in their challenges. If there is currently a mom in your life who’s in the midst of early breastfeeding life, I humbly offer some of the best things you can do for someone exclusively breastfeeding.
It’s been a couple years for me, but I can still clearly remember being a slave to the feeding schedule, always keeping my nursing pillow close, being constantly hungry and thirsty, and requiring my phone to help me remember which breast I last nursed with. OK, technically I also relied on my phone to entertain me and help me stay awake during night feedings, too. (Watching Australian teen dance dramas on Netflix at one in the morning? Yes. I did that thing and I will not apologize for that thing.) I also used that handy device to text friends and stay connected to the outside world.
In other words, exclusively breastfeeding is a complicated time and, as a result, it’s very easy to stay completely and totally entrenched in your baby’s schedule. At least, it sure was for me. Here’s how you might be able to help someone currently in the thick of it, because support is the name of the game, my friends.