Realistic feeding goals

The first two weeks are the hardest weeks and the most important when learning how to comfortably and effectively establish your milk supply, learn to latch, and nourish the baby.

What is your newborn feeding INTENTION?

Intention: the thing that you plan to do or achieve. Aim or purpose 

This intention is achievable no matter your goal: 

Name your intention: “I intend to nourish my newborn baby.”

Pause for context

In this current time in history, in most developed nations, we will always be able to nourish our babies with breastmilk or high quality, safe, infant formula. Take a breath. This truth is less than 100 years old for humans. In some areas of the world right now, there not safe and reliable access to formula, so directly nursing and providing a baby with breastmilk can mean the difference between life and death.

For most readers of this blog right now, breathe in the safety of knowing that you can always live by the intention to nourish your baby.

Goal: The object of a person’s ambition or effort

What is your newborn feeding GOAL?

  • Realistic
  • Positive
  • Centered in self/what you can control
  • Within a realistic time frame.

My contented/ “good enough” goal: 

Long term/stretch goal 

Space for adaptation:

Adaptation: a change in a plant or animal that makes it better able to live in a particular place or situation. 

A realistic breastfeeding goal: 

“I will do my best to provide my baby with as much breastmilk as I can for the next two weeks of their life. If I cannot provide 100% breastmilk, I will nourish my baby, work hard to protect my milk supply, and call upon my support network to help.”