As natural as breastfeeding is for our bodies, it sometimes doesn't feel natural in the beginning. Ideally, we should breastfeed out babies exclusively until they're six-months-old and ready to start solids, however, for some, the path to breastfeeding isn't as smooth as we'd like it to be. Believe it or not, we aren't born instinctively knowing how to do this, so having an abundance of knowledge, practice and support is crucial for long-term success.
Attending a breastfeeding support group can really help you settle in to breastfeeding your baby. Being part of a supportive group can help when you need to ask questions or seek guidance and even just watching other mothers breastfeeding their babies can help you learn about positioning and how to feed. We strongly suggest contacting a local lactation consultant, as even experienced mothers encounter roadblocks.
Please understand that breastfeeding your baby will most likely have a bumpy start, but it will soon feel like second nature once you get going.
This article was written by Linda Drummond for Kidspot, New Zealand's leading pregnancy and parenting resource with additional information from the Australian Breastfeeding Association.