How hard can it be? I mean, there are women in some countries for whom, bottle feeding isn’t an option. They figure it out…
So why can’t you? Or, if it’s working, why isn’t it as easy as everyone said? While it’s true that breast milk is naturally best for your baby, for some women, the actual act of breastfeeding doesn’t come easy for a variety of reasons.
Here are a few tips to help your breastfeeding experience go as smoothly as possible. But remember Mamas, IT’s OKAY if it doesn’t work out. Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, the main ingredient in both is LOVE.
1. Relax. Okay, this may seem obvious but it really is true that the more stressed you are, the harder it is for your body to perform, and the easier it will be for your baby to feed off of your stress. You’re frustrated, the baby is frustrated, crying and can’t latch = HANGRY, yes HANGRY! Pronunciation: haNGgrē, adjective (hangrier) Definition: Irritable as a result of hunger. Hungry enough to be angry about it.
So, relax mama, take a few deep breaths and try the next few steps… you can do this!
2. Stay hydrated. Your body needs a lot of water during this time in your life. Being dehydrated does not help your milk supply. You want to drink several glasses a day. Just keep water with you at all times. Drink, drink, drink. They ought to make those baby carriers with a pocket for a bottle of water… and a straw. Okay, I digress.
3. Positioning… you have to be in the proper position for baby AND you. This is probably one of the most important things on the list, but perhaps the most overlooked. If you’re not positioned correctly, your back, neck and shoulder muscles will suffer! Believe it or not, you can be comfortable while feeding your baby. One of the best products to ensure this is our nursing pillow. Check it out for yourself – (hyper link to site)
4. When all else fails, seek professional help. Do an online search for a Lactation Consultant in your area. Often times, these wonderful women (and sometimes men) are located in your pediatrician and OBGYN offices. Find them… and throw yourself at their mercy!
Happy Breastfeeding Mamas… You can do it!