Avoiding Breastfeeding Pitfalls- Tips That Make A Difference

Avoiding Breastfeeding Pitfalls- Tips That Make A Difference

Sixty percent of mothers stop breastfeeding earlier than they intend to. In this article, we will talk about the five most common breastfeeding pitfalls, and how to avoid them. But first, an important reminder…

As the saying goes, an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.

Before your baby arrives, seek out and soak up all the knowledge you can. Finding trusted sources to provide you with up-to-date, accurate, relevant information will arm you with the tools you need to navigate the roadblocks along the bumpy road of breastfeeding. Your journey will be unique. What your mom did, or what worked for your best friend, may not be the right answer for you. Additionally, “winging it” and assuming that breastfeeding will just happen naturally can cause you to give up unnecessarily when an unexpected issue arises. 

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The five most common breastfeeding pitfalls responsible for early weaning:

  • inaccurate or conflicting information surrounding effective latching, milk supply, and infant weight gain
  • mother’s concerns about taking needed medications
  • lack of support from family and in the workplace
  • societal sleep expectations and sleep training
  • outdated advice from physicians or hospital staff
 
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.

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