Welcome to the world of motherhood! You have survived nine months of pregnancy and gone through the process of giving birth. Now your little one is looking to you to nurture them and help them grow.
You are the sole provider of life-giving breast milk and as a new mother, this can be overwhelming.
It can sometimes feel like a lonely journey, which you have to endure without any help. The good news is there is nothing further from the truth.
Be it experienced mothers, doctors, or empowered women, words of encouragement are abundant. Let’s share some of these words of wisdom.
Quotes About New Mothers
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” - Barbara Katz Rothman, Author & Sociologist
“The natural power of breastfeeding is one of the greatest wonders of the world. It is about real love, it is about caring for and celebrating the wondrous joy of nurturing a new life, it is about enjoying being a woman.” - Anwar Fazal
Quotes About the Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breast milk has been proven to be the best option for any newborn child. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed for as long as possible. Some of the health benefits include:
- Protecting your child against infection
- Reducing allergies
- Preventing diarrhea
- Reducing the risk of malnutrition
And these are just the physical advantages.
Breastfeeding allows mother and child to bond and creates a loving relationship. Your baby will also be more emotionally secure and trusting.
Here are some meaningful quotes about the benefits of breastfeeding.
“Human milk is like ice cream, penicillin, and the drug ecstasy all wrapped up in two pretty packages.” - Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix and Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.
“While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby.” - Amy Spangler, breastfeeding expert & President of baby gooroo
“A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.” - Grantly Dick-Read
“It is the foundation of building trust and giving a sense of security to your child. PLUS it's the best thing you can do for their health. My almost 3 year old was breastfed until 2 and never gets sick, she has a super immune system!” - Isabella, nourisher.co
“Bottles fill his stomach, but breastfeeding fills his soul.” - Diane Wiessinger, breastfeeding advocate, author, and researcher
Don’t Give Up on Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding for the first time does not come automatically to every new mother. There can be issues around how to breastfeed including latching and positioning.
Latching refers to how the baby holds on to the nipple while breastfeeding. A good latch should be:
- Effective: This ensures milk is transferred effectively to the baby, without wastage. You should be able to see or hear the little one swallowing.
- Comfortable: A good latch is pain-free for the mother with minimal nipple soreness. After feeding, examine your nipples for cracking or bleeding. These are signs of an incorrect latch and will make breastfeeding a painful ordeal for you.
“Breastfeeding is an instinctual and natural act, but it is also an art that is learned day by day. The reality is that almost all women can breastfeed, have enough milk for their babies and learn how to overcome problems both large and small. It is almost always simply a matter of practical knowledge and not a question of good luck.” - La Leche League
Many mothers have issues with breastfeeding at first. Luckily for you, they have also documented their experiences.
This mother on Instagram had issues with latching in the beginning. After some time, the pain of nursing was gone and she encourages mothers to ‘hang on’ and not to give up.
These mothers were asked about their experiences during breastfeeding. This is what they had to say:
“I think the big thing to recognize is the semantics here. Breastfeeding does not have to hurt; pain is not a requirement. It may hurt in the beginning as both parties learn the art of breastfeeding. In this case, making a mistake causes pain. Getting it right doesn't. Just like learning every other skill we have, mistakes can be expected. However, we should learn from our mistakes and improve our skill level. If we can't fix the mistake by ourselves, we need help.” - mother-2-mother.com
This mother advises you to seek professional help if breastfeeding is extremely painful.
It is recommended to find a lactation consultant. They are trained to will support you and explain breastfeeding techniques.
A few more words of encouragement:
“My favorite sound is right before a baby latches on, it’s this giggle of joy that is heaven sent!” - Karalynn, nourisher.co
Hopefully, this short poem will boost your confidence as a breastfeeding mother...
"You are not a pacifier; you are a Mom. You are the sun, the moon, the earth, you are liquid love, you are warmth, you are security, you are comfort in the very deepest aspect of the meaning of comfort.... but you are not a pacifier!" - Paula Yount
Quotes From the Experts
New mothers sometimes need more than just reassurance from fellow mothers. These comments from professionals offer invaluable advice to put you at ease.
“Being at the breast reminds the baby of being in the womb: there’s that familiar heartbeat and soothing voice, as well as the warmth and comfort. And that makes the transition to the outside world a little easier.” - Dr. Jack Newman
The experts below give advice about painful breastfeeding and issues with latching. This could just be the solution to your own problems.
"Sore nipples are a common problem in the early weeks of breastfeeding, usually that means the new mother needs some help with her positioning and latch." - Deedee Franke R.N., a board-certified lactation consultant and maternal child nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD
“You should feel a slow, rhythmic pressure. Although it takes getting used to, if it’s extremely painful, your baby probably isn’t attached correctly.” - Diane L. Spatz, Ph.D.
“If you have sore, cracked, or bleeding nipples, you can and should still breastfeed. A small amount of blood in the milk will not hurt the baby." - Aliza Bancoff, International Doula Institute
Wise Words From Empowered Mothers
Sure, you can try to be the perfect mom, but how do you know you’ve nailed it? Perfect is subjective right?
There are some mothers however whose words of wisdom are all a new mother may need.
Here are a few titbits from truly empowered women.
Dubbed ‘Mom-in-Chief’, Michelle Obama has always promoted breastfeeding. She even describes how she took her daughter to a job interview.
“So what did I do? I packed up that little infant, and I put her in the stroller, and I brought her with me. And I prayed that her presence wouldn’t be an automatic disqualifier. And it was fortunate for me that, number one, she slept through the entire interview. And I was still breastfeeding — if that’s not too much information. And I got the job.” - Michelle Obama
She also has some health tips for nursing moms;
“Kids who are breastfed longer have a lower tendency to be obese.” - Michelle Obama
Beyonce has played a pivotal role in bringing breastfeeding into the mainstream. Her comments are just the best!
“I encourage women to do it; it’s just so good for the baby and good for myself.” - Beyonce
Some more famous moms only have positive things to say about breastfeeding.
“I persevered through some bumps in the road, to say the least, with breastfeeding because I just felt it was such a natural, beautiful, generous, organic, animal, existential, biological imperative.” - Singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette
"I'm breastfeeding now so that's a really wonderful experience -- challenging but wonderful." - Hilary Duff
"I stay healthy by working out but not dieting, because I am a milk machine." - Gwyneth Paltrow
Quotes About Nursing Bras
Your body experiences some extreme changes, including expanding breasts. To accommodate this change, you will need to invest in high-quality nursing bras. They will need to provide both support and comfort.
Your nursing bra should have no underwire as these can cause clogged ducts. Choose one with wide straps, and soft, absorbent cups to soak up any leakages.
Babies should be fed on demand, meaning you often have to whip out your breasts at any time as noted by this mother.
The one-handed front clasps on maternity bras make it easy and convenient to breastfeed without fumbling with back-clasps.
These mothers provide a few gems about their experiences with nursing bras.
Nursing bras are designed for ultimate comfort, as noted by this lady - who isn't even a mother!
You might feel a bit peckish while breastfeeding and need an energy boost. It’s perfectly normal and there is no shame in snacking while nursing. This mother got it right…
Taking the First Step With New Bloom
Now you’re full of inspiration and feeling good about your nursing journey. What’s next? Don’t try to tackle everything at once. You will become overwhelmed and that’s not going to help anyone.
Start by finding the perfect bra or bralette. For everyday use, the New Bloom nursing bralette is stretchy enough to be comfortable, yet the wrap style provides support.
Source: New Bloom Facebook post
Source: New Bloom Facebook post
Going out with your baby? This is made easy with these beautiful bras that fit under fancier tops but still giving easy access for feeding.
Remember to take care of yourself. Staying comfortable during breastfeeding makes it more fulfilling for you and your baby.
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