I love breastfeeding and am proud to be able to
provide food for my babies.
Shaytoya Stressing, Milky Mama of the Month
We love to feature a Milky Mama every month. We love to celebrate our Mama’s and learn from each and every experience, as breastfeeding is a unique journey for every mother. We know we can all learn from one another’s experiences and celebrate each journey along the way. This month we are excited to feature Shaytoya Stresing!
Shaytoya is currently breastfeeding her 3 month old daughter, and previously breastfed her son for 18 months! Her son latched right away and she did not have any issues with him, however, her daughter was “a little bit more stubborn”.
Since she had an easy time getting started with her son, she was surprised it wasn’t as easy with her second child. It took her about two weeks to get the hang of things with her daughter, however she said she “learned not every child is the same”. This is true for all things in terms of parenting multiple children.
Shaytoya shares that she experienced raw nipples. She found breastfeeding was very challenging in the beginning because of her raw nipples. She said, “I tried everything to make them feel better. I tried Nipple butter and even nipple shields. Nothing worked besides giving my nipples time to get used to it.” Experiencing raw nipples happens to a lot of breastfeeding mothers, and different things help different bodies. Don’t be afraid to research and find what works best for you, and don’t give up.
Shaytoya has not had to supplement. She believes her ability to stick to a strict diet of lots of vegetables and healthy foods played into her not needing to supplement. She believes eating healthily, especially eating her veggies, is very important to being able to keep a strong supply.
Shaytoya: Working from Home and Making “Me” Time
Shaytoya works from home, as she and her husband own a construction business. She didn’t take much time off after having her baby, as she was answering emails and inquiries and in her words “work was very easy”. While Shaytoya has the flexibility to work from home, we all know breastfeeding, raising children, and working is no small task!
Shaytoya is mainly exclusively nursing, besides a few pumping sessions in order for her to be able to spend a date night out with her husband or take care of herself at the gym. Shaytoya knows the importance of taking care of herself, as taking care of yourself is also, in turn, taking care of your baby and your family.
Shaytoya’s Sweet and Simple Advice:
Shaytoya has recently spoken with a lactation consultant, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Support is always ready for you on our Facebook group,The Official Milky Mama Lactation Support Group.
Shaytoya’s feature leaves you with her sweet and simple advice, “Don't give up, it does get easier.”
Shaytoya, thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with us. Thank you all for following along! You can find other Milky Mama’s stories on our blog page, as well as other blogs about breastfeeding topics. Please join us in our Facebook group,The Official Milky Mama Lactation Support Group. You can also share encouragement to Shaytoya for sharing her story with us.
And remember, you are not alone. We are here to support each other and remind each other, you’ve got this, Mama!