It might take you a while to learn the ropes, but you'll soon get the hang of breastfeeding. Meanwhile, you can do these things to help you along.
The first few weeks of breastfeeding are the toughest. Neither you nor your baby know what you’re doing, and it’s during this period that your child will be at his most demanding (feeding-wise, anyway). Here are some tips from Romper and The Humbled Homemaker to make these first few months breeze by quicker and easier.
1. Find support
If you need help figuring things out, reach out to a lactation consultant who has the expertise you need. You can also talk to other nursing moms who can not only give you pointers, but also encourage you with their own war stories.
2. Prepare for sleepless nights
There is no going around the fatigue that comes with breastfeeding a newborn, so try to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for exhaustion. And keep in mind that this too shall pass. It won’t be long before your little one will be able to sleep through the night.
3. Don’t listen to the haters
Don’t let yourself be discouraged when people tell you to quit and just feed your child formula* or if people mock you for having a hard time breastfeeding. Listen to the advice with a grain of salt and just do what is best for you and your baby.
*Not that feeding your baby formula is a terrible thing, but you shouldn’t ever feel pressured into that decision.
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