Ever since the start of time, breastfeeding success has come naturally to mothers and newborns.
Right? Not always.
At least not immediately.
Nursing comes naturally a little later for some mothers and babies than for others. Sometimes there are physical factors at play. Other times, it’s just a simple lack of experience.
Whatever is keeping you and your baby apart, it can be overcome—as long as you don’t give up. Also know that you are not alone. The Your Guide to Breastfeeding section of the WebMD website lists four main areas of breastfeeding in which many women have questions or need support.
Breastfeeding success starts with a proper latch but doesn’t end there. Here are 24 fantastic tips from the experts, that is, moms who are breastfeeding veterans. Keep in mind, what works for one person may not work for the next, from the best position to use for nursing to the easiest way to increase your (milk) stash by pumping.
It can be frustrating when you’re having problems and all your friends are enjoying their happy, breastfed babies sporting milk-drunk smiles on their faces. But the good news is that almost all breastfeeding problems can be overcome with the right support and guidance. A few months ago, we asked our Facebook fans to share their top breastfeeding tips, and many of you wrote about overcoming the struggles of the first few weeks:
“It may seem hard at first, but it eventually gets easier!”
“If you’re having trouble, seek a lactation consultant!”
“Don’t give up! It’s the best feeling!”
“It’s okay to use nipple shields.”
“Don’t worry. Stay relaxed.”
“Patience! Lots and lots of patience!”
“Don’t let other people’s opinions get to you.”
“Trust your body and your baby.”