Just because it's natural, doesn't mean is comes naturally!
As a mom to be, I just assumed baby born, goes on boob and done! This was 100% NOT THE CASE! In fact the babe on boob, part took about 5 months in total. In between there were three lactation consultants, two different breastmilk pumps and more milk creating potions then I can count!
So here it is, three things I really wish I had known before starting my breastfeeding journey.
1. Breastfeeding isn't always easy!
Like anything you have NEVER DONE IN YOUR LIFE EVER, breastfeeding is not easy! It can take time to find the right position and latch, and there may be times when your baby doesn't want to cooperate. It's important to be patient with yourself and your baby and not give up too easily. Remember that it can take some time to establish a good breastfeeding routine. For some mamas this can be days, weeks or months.
2. Feeding your baby, doesn't always mean exclusively breastfeeding
Feeding your baby is an essential part of caring for their needs, and while breastfeeding is often recommended as the preferred method, it's important to remember that it's not the only option. There are many reasons why breastfeeding exclusively (or at all) may not work out for every mother or baby. And that's okay! There are alternative feeding methods, such as formula feeding or combination feeding, that can provide your baby with the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. Ultimately, what's most important is finding a feeding method that works for you and your baby, and one that allows you to enjoy your time together and create a special bond. So, whether you choose to breastfeed, use alternative methods, or combine remember that what matters most is that your baby is happy, healthy, and well-fed.
3. Asking for help is part of the deal!
it's completely normal to need help with breastfeeding, especially in the early days. Seeking help from a lactation consultant can be incredibly beneficial in overcoming challenges and making your breastfeeding journey a success. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength and a commitment to providing the best care for your baby. With the right support and resources, many mothers are able to overcome their breastfeeding challenges and have a fulfilling and rewarding experience.