Millions of women for centuries upon centuries have been breastfeeding their babies, so it should be a no-brainer for me, right?
The truth is, new moms and their newborns don't always just magically jive in the breastfeeding department right away. That's why Lactation Consultants exist. It's ok to ask for help!
You might have a picture in your head of your infant being placed on your chest after delivery and just suckling away. Well, it's time to replace that idea in your mind and ask for help.
If breastfeeding is painful, confusing, complicated or scary to you, you are certainly not alone. My kids became champion nursers but we weren't born knowing how to make that happen. Not me nor my babies. It took practice, patience and help from a skilled lactation expert.
At first, you might not know which position you and baby prefer. Draped across your chest? The football hold?
Or if your baby is a big-time sucker, his suckling alone might be painful. And he might not be getting the latch just right which will make it even more excruciating.
But there's hope and precedence. Remember that millions of women before you have done it so you, too, have the chance of getting it right. Of course, it doesn't help that many women are shy or modest (and rightfully so!) when they give birth and the notion of baring their breasts to learn how to breastfeed is unnerving. That takes some getting used to as well.
You've likely heard the adage that it takes a village to raise a child. It may also take input from that village to get the baby to breastfeed correctly.
If you get nothing else from this post, remember this: Don't be ashamed to ask for help with breastfeeding. You and baby will be glad you did!