Is breastfeeding easy?

March 22, 2016

Breastfeeding is natural but that doesn’t mean it comes easy for many first time mums. Learning to nurse your baby can be challenging, especially when you’re exhausted after labour, living on a few hours of sleep a night and dealing with a whirlwind of emotions, relatives and friends.

It's true that your baby will instinctively bob its head towards your breast and try to latch on to your nipple. However, that first latch isn’t guaranteed to be perfect; in fact, it might take many, many tries for you and your baby to learn how to nurse successfully. Try not to lose heart if you’re finding it tough and instead ask for extra support from your midwife, other breastfeeding mums and groups like the La Leche League.

There can be lots of reasons why you might not be able to breastfeed, in which case you can opt for formula or try combination feeding where you give your baby both breast milk and formula. Reading up on breastfeeding before the birth of your baby can help you to feel more confident when the time comes for you to nurse for the first time. Ask members of your family about their experiences and make sure your partner is up to speed so you feel supported.

If you feel any pain or discomfort when you’re breastfeeding you may need to reposition your baby to achieve a better latch. In the meantime use Mama’s Calming Nipple Balm to instantly soothe and protect the nipple area.

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