Breastfeeding: It might seem like the most natural thing in the world, but the fact is, many women struggle with it.
Before you give birth, and in the hours and days immediately after, there are things you can do to establish your nursing relationship with your baby – and help ensure success.
Here are some troubleshooting tips and strategies for the early days. Read on:
Take a class or meet with a lactation consultant
One of the best things you can do to set up a successful breastfeeding experience is to educate yourself (and your partner, if you have one). Take a class, read books, watch videos, attend La Leche League meetings, meet with a lactation consultant. Learn, learn, learn.
You AND your baby are learning how to breastfeed together. It is a relationship. Even if you have nursed before, this is a new partner and you might have to learn some things all over again.
So, pack your patience, stay hydrated and know that it might take some time.
Don’t watch the clock
Every baby is different and you should definitely be feeding on demand, usually 8-12 times a day (sometimes more!). Don’t listen to people who tell you to use a schedule. Feed your baby frequently. It’ll help establish a good supply.
Rest and recover
One of the best things you can do is to do skin to skin with your baby, laying in a bed, nursing on demand. Have someone bring you food and drinks and just spend the time with your baby. Bonding, resting, relaxing, learning.
The first few weeks post-birth are a time for rest and recovery – and establishing a nursing relationship.
We hope you and your new little nursling have a healthy and happy breastfeeding journey! Need breastfeeding supplies? We’ve got you covered.