Breastfeeding is a learned skill and takes time to perfect

Many new mothers expect that breastfeeding will go smoothly from the moment baby first latches on. And for some women this is true.  For the majority of new mothers and babies there is a learning curve that takes from 4-6 weeks. ( think how long it would take you to learn to ride a unicycle, or juggle, or learn a new skill).

This is a useful webpage that lists some fo what you can expect in the early weeks of breastfeeding and how to set yourself up for success: practice, practice, practice, practice, a good support system, and knowing when to ask for help.



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3 responses to “Breastfeeding is a learned skill and takes time to perfect

  1. I wish more people knew that you don’t have to quit just because there is a bumpy start! Another good thing is to take the breastfeeding class. If you can, take it with your partner. I took one with my husband and it was probably one of the best decisions we made. He was there to help me with proper latching in those early days when I was exhausted, hormonal, sore, and worried! Good support is soooo key to getting past the bumps in the early road. Now we are 18 weeks in and my little hungry hippo latches himself and doesn’t want my assistance! Thanks for sharing the site, I will be checking it out from now on. 🙂

  2. I strongly agree with what fitmommaboom has said. Iif you’re having trouble breastfeeding, especially if you’re experiencing any pain, get help as soon as possible. Visit a lactation consultant and don’t wait.

  3. This is great, and so encouraging. All new moms should read this! Thanks for posting.

    I’d like to add, if I may, an additional resource for nursing moms who are just starting out; I run a parenting resource group in Chicago called ABC Moms, and as part of our lactation consulting services, we’ve produced a short article with extra tips for breastfeeding mothers.

    We really want moms to feel comfortable asking for help with nursing – there are so many advantages to it that it would be a shame for women to give up because they don’t feel like they’re “”doing it right””.

    Thanks again,
    Dana Burke, PhD

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