After nursing four babies, for about a year each, I am sharing with you the single most helpful advice that I was ever given during my child-bearing years, it’s literally the Best Breastfeeding Tip ever, at least in my opinion.
**This helpful nursing tip for moms is mainly to help ease the pain and frequency of blocked/clogged milk ducts, it can also be helpful while trying to ween a baby.**
The reason Why I Pack Pineapple Juice In My Hospital Bag (when it’s time to have a baby), is probably going to surprise most of you.
I didn’t have my mom or sister around to help when I had my babies, I had married (have since divorced) and moved about three hundred miles away. So, when I started having babies it was tough being all alone!
Luckily I did still had a really good support system around me, a couple of great friends, and what I learned from them, made all the difference in the world.
Like I said before, I’ve delivered, and nursed, four beautiful babies(for about a year each), so I do consider myself a bit of a Veteran mom and let me tell you something…
Breastfeeding is a totally different experience with each and every child, so when you’re in the throws of those moments that you just want to give up, remember that it doesn’t always have to be so hard. It doesn’t always have to be super painful, but this tip remained true and helpful and steadfast through all four of my babies so it very well may help you too.
Now I’m finally going to share with you my little secret hospital bag essential. You’re probably even going to want to keep some handy for the duration of breastfeeding, not just immediately postpartum.
When I was pregnant with my first baby, my amazing friend Denise gave me some advice to make my experience with breastfeeding much more pleasant.
This is because Pineapple Juice is a natural anti-inflammatory. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical at first (that is the understatement of the century by the way, I thought it was totally nuts, the hoakiest thing I had ever heard), but I drank some Pineapple Juice every day for a couple of weeks starting just after I had my baby, as a preventative measure, and never had a single problem with nursing.
Fast forward to about a year later when it was time to ween my baby. I was a total idiot and decided to just ween the child cold turkey…something I definitely DO NOT recommend doing…EVER!
Really, don’t do it!
By the second day, I was in so much pain (my boobs were massive, hot, and rock hard), that I just sat there and cried and cried…It’s easily the worst pain I have experienced that is not actually giving birth to a child (you know, because when you ween cold turkey your boobs are literally so swollen to the max and they feel like they are going to explode).
Then I remembered about pineapple juice and breastfeeding.
Immediately, I had my husband (at the time, I’m a single lady now) go to the store and pick some up. When he got home, I chugged a whole bunch of it and within about three hours, the pain was manageable.
I couldn’t believe it!
I thought that the pain would be that unbearable for several days until my milk dried up enough for me to feel like I wasn’t going to bust out of my bra, but luckily there was some relief.
This information was a God-send for me, so I thought that I would share because it could help someone else out there, too.
I made sure to have some Pineapple Juice handy at all times while nursing babies 2 through 4 as well, and I never had any issues with blocked ducts or engorgement.
In fact, when I was in preparation for baby #4, the first thing on my list to go in my hospital bag was some of those individual cans of Pineapple Juice.
While at the hospital, I prefer the individual little cans so that I can just drink one a day. That seems to be enough to do the trick, at least it was for me.
If you decide to try some just make sure that you buy the kind that says 100% Pineapple Juice ‘Not From Concentrate’(and make sure to shake well before you open it so that it mixes properly. It tends to settle on the bottom).
It tastes about a million times better when it is cold, so when I’m at the hospital I usually just asked a nurse or significant other to get me a cup of ice to pour it over, or using one of those freezable mugs is a good option too.
You can also buy it in the large cans and keep some in your fridge at home for any time you need it handy.
I am now officially done nursing all of my babies, at least until I remarry anyway (being done with that season of my life has been really tough on me) and I definitely don’t think I would have had such a good experience with breast-feeding had I not known this tip about Pineapple juice. Thank heavens for this knowledge!
So please, if you’re struggling with painful breastfeeding(probably thinking about giving up on breastfeeding altogether too), think about giving Pineapple Juice a try, it could very well be the thing that you have been needing too.
Is Pineapple juice good or safe for breastfeeding?
Keep in mind that pineapple juice is just fruit juice, and there is no warning on the food label, I have checked… but please do make sure to ask your own personal Doctor about it first if you have any concerns for adding this to your diet while you are nursing.
This is really all I had to say about pineapple juice and breastfeeding… it’s just my advice, so take it or leave it, but if you do find it helpful could you please share it on social media or in whatever birth forum you are a member of? It would really help me. Thanks so much!
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