Your challenge: There’s really no such thing as practicing to breastfeed your baby until it’s really go-time—and then it can feel like the pressure is on to get it right. In reality, both mama and baby will need to do a little experimenting to get the hang of nursing.
The solution: Although nursing can feel like a solo endeavor, you don’t have to do it without help and resources. Set yourself up for success by getting tools specifically designed to make breastfeeding easier and don’t be afraid to ask for advice from the experts.
Ensure proper latch: The root cause of so many pregnancy woes is an improper latch. But, especially for mamas just starting out, it can be hard to know what to look for. The best cue something is amiss? Pain on your part. Although some discomfort is common in the early days of breastfeeding, pain from a latch is not. When experiencing this, getting help with the positioning in the form of a nursing pillow can make all the difference.
Feeling comfortable for marathon nursing sessions: Milk flows most freely when mom is relaxed and cozy—and feeling like your arm is going numb from supporting your baby for the entirety of a nursing session isn’t exactly ideal. Instead, employ a nursing pillow to help support baby, which then helps them maintain a better latch and helps you feel comfortable
Ask for help: Figuring out parenting can feel like a monumental task, but you really don’t have to go it alone—especially when it comes to breastfeeding. Certified lactation consultants have extensive training for the sole purpose of helping you and baby have breastfeeding success.
Stock up on supplies: There’s nothing quite like settling down to nurse, getting baby to latch and then realizing something you need is across the room. Keep all your essential supplies—like a water bottle, nipple cream and nursing pillow—within reach of your nursing spot.
Pro tip: One of the top concerns of breastfeeding moms is not having enough milk for baby. The irony is that stress is linked to decreased supply—so aim to get comfortable and feel confident you can meet baby’s needs.
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