Although I am a big believer in breast-feeding, I am also a big believer in women making empowered choices in their own lives. You may be interested in my article “Breast, Bottle or Both”.
If you would like to breast-feed your baby and are having problems with nursing these are the top three tips I give you right now are:
1. Persevere. The first 6 weeks are the hardest. Things will begin to get easier, and in the big picture 6 weeks is not so long. This is your biggest task right now, and you need to view it as your number one priority. Do not try to clean, cook, or please your visitors. Focus on yourself and on your baby and how to best meet your needs. This is your time for the two of you to find a rhythm and a groove together.
2. Get help, help, help and more help. Get all the support you can in breast-feeding. You may feel totally alone if your mother, sister, or grandmother did not nurse. Ask your FaceBook friends. As your colleagues. Find a La Leche League near you. Pay for a lactation consultant. Some doulas and midwives can offer a lot of breast-feeding support as well. Look up forums on the Internet. You will be surprised to find other women who had the same challenges as you do. Almost all nursing challenges have a solution, but some of them take a lot of trial and error. You may just find the right person with the right trick up her sleeve. Make sure you seek the help of a woman who is as committed as you are to nursing, but who is fully committed to your emotional and mental wellbeing at the same time.
3. Relax. I want you to trust in this process. Women have done this throughout the ages. Things are different today because we do not have the supportive family and communal infrastructure that our ancestors had. But we also benefit from modern technology, so that we have many more options and can survive all sorts of predicaments. You and your baby will be okay. Keep reminding yourself to breath. It is way more difficult for you and your baby to nurse when you are tense. Make sure to drink lots of water, and ensure that you are given lots of healthy food from your husband, your community, or your extended family. You really need this time to focus on you and your baby. You may want to set up a meal train for your family at http://www.mealtrain.com/. This is a concrete way many people often feel able and happy to help. Ideally, you can find another friend to set it up, but either way it’s a wonderful resource.
Bellow you will find links to articles on many breast-feeding stumbling blocks. It’s a sort of breast-feeding map. Some of the articles are still being compiled and edited. So stay tuned for more:
“Breast, Bottle or Both”
“Am I Producing Enough Milk; Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?”
“Getting Baby to Latch On”
“How To Incorporate Expressing Breast-milk Into A Nursing Schedule?”
“Increasing My Milk Supply”