Feeding our baby is one of the most deeply connecting activities we do together.
And yet breastfeeding is not something we just know how to do.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization both recommend breastfeeding for at least one year.
Of course, making the decision whether you will breastfeed or not is a very personal choice. But out of the many moms who do want to, many may feel it’s not working, it’s painful, and there’s just something wrong – and give up.
Why do people give up?
- They thought they didn’t have enough milk because they weren’t informed about how milk production works, and how to support it
- They were unfamiliar with what an effective latch looked like and how to achieve it.
- They didn’t know who to reach out to support to get through through the challenges
- They experienced unnecessary feeding interventions early on during their breastfeeding journey
- They thought it would be instinctive. In truth, we have always learned from sisters and mothers breastfeeding around us. Many of us have never been around it, so we need a little guidance.
- They didn’t have access to the support and guidance we all deserve.
Knowledge + Support = Power
Being a first time mom is hard. We’re sleep deprived, anxious about whether we’re doing everything right, and life has just suddenly and completely changed forever.
Preparing yourself can help you approach these challenges from a calm, clear place so you can make choices that result in an easeful connection between you and baby.
- How to have an abundant milk supply
- Positions and holds
- On Cue Feeding vs. Scheduled Feeding
- The cause of nipple pain and treatment
- How to get the right nutrition for you and baby
- How to get off to a good start in the hospital (and what to avoid at all costs)