Breastfeeding is really important to me and one of the things that I most look forward to once our baby gets here in December. I think it is a wonderful bonding experience between mother and baby.
What most women don’t realize is that breastfeeding is hard and not automatic, though that seems to be the general thought. It can take most women and their babies a few weeks to get down a routine that works for both of them. During that time, you may be dealing with pain and soreness and that is when you need to look in to different changes you can make.
Fortunately there are a lot of organizations and specialists that can aid your breastfeeding. If you need additional help please consider looking in to these resources:
- La Leche League International – Find meetings and consultants
- www.kellymom.com – evidence-based breastfeeding and parenting
- Check with your pediatrician/OBGYN/midwives office – Many have lactation consultants on staff or have referral lists
- Look at your hospital events for a breastfeeding class – This would be especially helpful to do during the third trimester but if you are having difficulty after baby arrives you may want to look in to this
- Consult a Postpartum Doula
If you are having trouble with breastfeeding do not be ashamed to seek additional support from professionals or even family and friends who have breastfed their babies. One of the best resources might be a local breastfeeding meetup where women can share what has worked for them and offer tips and advice.
If you enjoy reading, you may want to look in to some of these books:
- “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” – La Leche League International
- “Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding” – Ina May Gaskin
- “The Nursing Mother’s Companion” – Kathleen Huggins
If you have breastfed in the past and had trouble, what resources were most helpful to you?
If you weren’t able to breastfeed, do you think that having the proper support could have helped?
If you are going to be breastfeeding in the future, do you feel comfortable reaching out for support?
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