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Dear Belleruth,
Have you ever considered creating guided imagery to support new moms with breastfeeding? I have used guided imagery for different circumstances and have always found it very helpful. As a new mom committed to breastfeeding my daughter, I would welcome any guided imagery in support of breastfeeding.
Linda OíD.

Hi, Linda.
We've gotten your excellent suggestion before, and it's on our list, but it's not way up at the top, because other topics have been requested a lot more frequently. So I canít promise you a recording, but I can make these suggestions:   

First of all, any generic relaxation audio should help before and during breastfeeding - you might consider our Relaxation & Wellness or General Wellness; and there are several others I can highly recommend: Tracy Carreonís CD, A Momentís Peace; or Karen Sothersí Sacred Pause; or KRS Edstromís Relax Mind & Body; or David Illigís Calm & Relaxed; or Kelly Howellís Let Go of Stress.

Or you could just play Steve Kohnís exquisite music - for this, Iíd recommend his Meditative Reflections, because itís 64 minutes of seamless, supremely relaxing deeply calming music.  I personally just love it and will often play it as background music while Iím working - it puts me in a great state of mind. And while listening, you could imagine all sorts of things, depending on what youíre concerned about:

  • The unique, stinging sensation of your milk coming down, just as itís needed;

  • Or if you have worries about your supply, you could imagine the nourishing sensation of warm water flowing over your breasts, relaxing them and keeping them feeling warm and comfy and resourceful; 

  • You might imagine your nipples becoming more and more resilient - just as they actually do become in a matter of weeks - somehow managing to stay soft and supple, but tougher too - no longer getting sore from those relentless little gums!
  • You could also focus on the miracle of your body learning when milk is needed and when it isnít - so you can count on it flowing for feedings, but producing zero leakage at work or when youíre out and about. This too is something that happens naturally over time, but imagining your bodyís ingenuity at this is another satisfying, reinforcing image.
  • And of course focusing on the notion that nourishment from your body is creating startling and amazing growth and change from day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute in your baby.

  • You might also enjoy imagining that youíre in a safe and protected bubble with your baby, where a delicious intimacy can be sustained.

  • And you can also imagine that you are surrounded and protected by all the mothers and grandmothers who have come before you, nodding and smiling and delighting in your mothering of this baby.  

Well, those are starters, anyway!  Itís all a complete miracle, no question about it!  Hell, who needs imagery?  The reality itself is pretty dazzling.  Itís kind of like the reality itself is dazzling imagery, eh?

Best wishes to all of you!

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written by Gale Glassner Twersky, A.C.H., October 27, 2010
Dear Belleruth,

I can report one of my successful breastfeeding stories when the expectant mother used a personalized hypnotic guided imagery CD that I made for her. She had come for help because of such difficulty breastfeeding her two other children. She was nervous and tense yet wanted to have a better experience. We did our hypnosis work while she was still pregnant. Besides using visualizations and other imagery, we instructed her baby while in the womb how breastfeeding would proceed once the baby arrived. When the baby was born, she immediately went to her mother's breast like an expert. The nurses said to my client, the mom, that it was just like the baby really recognized the mother and the baby was so content. The mother was thrilled too.

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