Motherhood is filled with all kinds of milestones, but one of the most beautiful of all is breastfeeding. However, just because nursing your baby is considered a magical bonding moment, doesn’t mean it’s always easy!
Just take a look at these #breastfeedingproblems from Instagram below. These moms are keeping it real.
It can be painful.
You’re always on call.
As does squirting. (Oops.)
Reaching anything is a struggle.
You become a milk machine.
Nap time pump!! I am pumping way more frequently throughout the day, supply is really ramping up... Pumping at least three times daily, just because the manual pump is so so much faster than my electrical!! I still don't even understand what's happening here!! This was maybe 10 minutes?? #pumpingmom #pumpingmama #fedisbest #feedthembabies #nursing #firstyears #manualpump #gumdroppump #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmom #breastfeedingisbeautiful #breastfeedanywhere #breastfeedingsuccess #breastfeedingproblems #breastfeedingmama #sometimesbreastfeedinglookslikethis #normalizebreastfeeding #extendedbreastfeeding
Your wardrobe takes forever to choose.
You’re always hungry…
And so is your baby.
Multi-tasking becomes a challenge.
There’s awkward grabbing.
Teeth become your worst nightmare.
Two words: uneven boobs.
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When pumping, you can save on one-time-use storage bags by using ice-cube trays for storing breast milk. Each cube is about one ounce of milk, so you know exactly how much you're getting each time you need to prep a bottle. Get the instructions here: One Crafty Mama
Breast milk is liquid gold, so we don't want to lose a drop. After pumping, it can be messing to pour the milk from the bottle to the storage bags. So one mom had a brilliant idea: use the detachable flange from the pump as a funnel! (You could just use a kitchen funnel, too, of course.) Get the instructions here: Pinterest
Want to avoid the pour all together? Just pump directly into the storage bag. All you need is a little tape. Get the instructions here: A Great & Many Things
We've seen a few different ways to store breast milk in your freezer, but empty pop can boxes look like the best method. They are just the right size and give you ample space. Get the instructions here: Fit Mommy Diaries
Leaky boobs are a real thing when breastfeeding. If you don't have breast pads, just cut a pantyliner (or pad for heavy leakage) in half and stick it to the inside of your bra. Instant absorption! Get the instructions here: Mayahood
If you have the sewing skills, you can make your own breast pads to catch all the leaks. Get the instructions here: Vivat Veritas
If you're bottle-feeding on the go, you can heat up breast milk with this simple trick: Put a baby bottle of breast milk in a travel mug and add hot water to keep everything warm. Get the instructions here: Tools N Applications
Place aloe vera gel in breast milk bags to make soothing gel pads for your cracked or sore nipples. Get the instructions here: Pinterest
When your baby is teething, you can provide soothing relief by freezing pacifiers in your milk. Get the instructions here: ANWJohnston
Can't remember which boob your baby fed on last? Use these little magnetic clips to keep track. You can also use a safety pin! Buy the clips here: MagMinders/Etsy
With a cut of the scissors and a few stitches, you can create your own nursing tanks in less than 10 minutes. Can't sew? This blogger has a no-sew solution, too... elastics! Get the instructions here: Baby Belly Kelli
Two hair elastics are all it takes to pump hands-free. You'll feel like MacGyver with this rig. Get the instructions here: Balanced Breastfeeding
If you have ample bosoms, your hand can get sore holding up your breast for your baby to feed. Instead, roll up a receiving blanket and tuck it under your breast. Now you have one hand free! Get the instructions here: Balanced Breastfeeding