Avoiding Breastfeeding Pitfalls- Tips That Make A Difference

Avoiding Breastfeeding Pitfalls- Tips That Make A Difference
Two of the most common reasons mothers sometimes don’t achieve the breastfeeding experience they desire are:
1) inaccurate or conflicting information
2) lack of support from those close to you
 
As the saying goes, an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.
👉Get prepared BEFORE your baby arrives. When you are armed with up-to-date, accurate education, you can make the best choices given YOUR birth and postpartum situation, to support YOUR breastfeeding efforts. What your mom did, or what worked for your best friend, may not be the right answer for you. Every breastfeeding relationship is different, and dynamic. Assuming it will just happen naturally, or “winging it” can cause you to give up unnecessarily when the road gets bumpy. 
Get your partner on board.
👉 Having a supportive, knowledgeable partner is one of the biggest factors in ultimate breastfeeding success.
 
Let me say that again…
💥Your partner is one of the biggest factors in your success.💥
 
Your partner may feel like they are useless when it comes to breastfeeding, but nothing could be further from the truth. They can be your facilitator, your cheerleader, your shoulder to cry on, your support in your new mother exhaustion. They can do practical things like get you water or snacks when you’re trapped under the baby, or hold baby skin-to-skin to bond while you take a shower or nap alone. In the early stages, you may only be managing to eat, sleep and nurse. This is normal. Nursing is the center of your baby’s world, and the mother-child bond is the basis for all other relationships. When your partner supports and encourages this closeness, it strengthens your partnership as well as their parent-child relationship down the road.
 
Build your village.
👉Find out who is in your corner among your family and friends. Join a support group and get to know other breastfeeding moms. Make a prenatal appointment with a lactation consultant. Take a breastfeeding class. Know where your resources are, so you can reach out for help as soon as you need it. Breastfeeding is not always easy road, but your baby will benefit from your efforts their entire life. Get the help you both deserve.

***The information provided on our website is intended solely for general educational and informational purposes only. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician for any questions you may have regarding your or your child’s medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have received in this information.***