After nursing four babies, I am sharing with you the single most helpful piece of advice that was given to me during my child-bearing years. In fact I think that it is one of the best breastfeeding tips you can give a new mom, especially when it’s time to start weaning your baby. Unleash the power of pineapple juice so that you can have the best experience with breastfeeding.
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 without that support.
Luckily I 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 when it comes to nursing, and let me tell you something I have learned along the way…
Breastfeeding can be 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 (especially when weaning baby from breast), not just immediately postpartum/after delivery.
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.
Is Pineapple Juice Good For Breastfeeding?
I had to do some research of my own before I started drinking pineapple juice while breastfeeding, and I discovered that it is helpful/beneficial because Pineapple Juice is a natural anti-inflammatory.
I must admit though, that I was a bit skeptical at first after Denise told me about it (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 I decided I needed to start weening 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! DO NOT WEEN COLD TURKEY!
By the second day, I was in so much pain (because my boobs were massive, hot, and rock hard…all my milk ducts were clogged), 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 and breastfeeding.
Immediately, I had my husband (at the time, I’m a single lady now…thank goodness ;)..lol) 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 at a manageable level.
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 a natural method for 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).
My tip to have a better experience with adding pineapple to your diet:
Pineapple Juice 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, (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 good for breastfeeding mother?
Keep in mind that pineapple juice is just fruit juice, and there is no warning on the food label, or on the actual fruit at the store… I have checked…lol.
However, as with anything you find on the internet, 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.
Is pineapple juice good to drink while pregnant?
Personal opinion here, but I think that pineapple should be consumed in moderation when pregnant…I have even read somewhere that it can help induce labor, so I don’t really recommend going crazy with the Pineapple juice until after delivery/after giving birth.
This is really all I had to say about pineapple and breastfeeding… it’s just my advice, given as a seasoned breast feeder…so take it or leave it... however, it very well may be one of the best tips to stop breastfeeding/engorgement there are out there.
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