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6 Encouraging Things You Can Say To A Breastfeeding Mom

6 Encouraging Things You Can Say To A Breastfeeding Mom

The ability to make life and then sustain it is amazing. But sometimes breastfeeding mothers need encouragement.

My goal for this article is to encourage moms who breastfeed. Before I continue, I would like to be clear on this: I do NOT intend to bash moms who choose to use formula. My wife breastfeeds our children and the other mothers in my family breastfeed their children, so this is what I am familiar with.

Breastfeeding, as you know, is an excellent source of nutrition for babies. I am very grateful my wife has been able to breastfeed our kids, but there have still been some ups and downs. I have had to support my wife and ask her how she feels about breastfeeding. Sometimes we’ve had some unpleasant reactions from people when they see her nursing our children in public, and even some negative reactions from certain family members who are ignorant on the subject.

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But all l can do is encourage her.

Most importantly, if you are a breastfeeding mom, I want to say: “thank you for breastfeeding”.

If you are the significant other of a breastfeeding mom, or know a breastfeeding mom, below are six encouraging things you can say to her today:

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1. “Thank you for breastfeeding”

How did you feel the last time someone said “thank you” to you? I am sure you felt good and happy. Let’s do the same for our breastfeeding moms. A simple “thank you” will go a long way towards improving a breastfeeding mom’s day.

2. “I support your breastfeeding decision”

If you are the partner or spouse of a breastfeeding mom, tell her exactly how much you support her nursing as long as she sees fit for her and her child. Let her know just how awesome you think it is that she is breastfeeding. Tell her what a great job she is doing.

3. “You are enough”

Trust your body. I know the question of supply comes up often with breastfeeding moms, and misinformation can create stress and extra pressure. Just know for the majority of women, your supply is enough.

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Encouragement is also important as many people are ignorant about the life-sustaining ability of breasts and are only concerned with their sexual function. As a supportive partner, by learning and understanding the basic functions of breasts and nursing, you will be able to understand any complications that arise. Let her know you understand breastfeeding is not easy, and that you are thankful for her.

4. “Great job, mama”

Give her a smile. Don’t avoid her and act awkward. Keep the conversation going or if you are just passing by, smile. Offer an encouraging phrase like “great job, mama!”

5. “Take my seat and be comfortable”

Offer her a comfortable place to sit and perhaps a glass of water. Moms who breastfeed are constantly thirsty because it takes a lot of water to make breast milk.

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6. “Thank you for not giving up”

Breastfeeding is hard work. It can be physically draining and unfortunately, not always socially accepted. So, thank you, breastfeeding moms, for dealing with all of this, and doing what you feel is best for you and your children.

I am not saying this to criticize anyone who is not able to breastfeed. I know not every mom will be able to breastfeed, which is very sad. I learned about this after my wife began breastfeeding and she shared some breastfeeding stories with me.

Breastfeeding moms, thank you for sacrificing sleep to make sure your baby is fed at night. Sometimes breastfeeding hurts; it can involve mastitis, sore nipples, and leaking breast milk. You should be appreciated for dealing with all of this, as well as dirty looks and snide comments. You stuck with your gut and continued to nurse your child as long as was right for both of you. For all these reasons, I am grateful.

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

Featured photo credit: Becca Tapert via unsplash.com

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