Babies are hard-wired to breastfeed. A mother's body is hard-wired to make milk. So why is breastfeeding so darn hard? Because you're both learning a new skill, and any new skill takes practice. There are definitely barriers to successful breastfeeding - jaundice, labor medications, and separation of mother and baby are a few of them. But even when the birth goes well and the baby is healthy, it can still take time.
Think of it this way, how many babies do you know who walked without falling the very first time they tried? How about potty training? Do most toddlers learn in a day? No, of course not. The learning period for a new skill can be challenging. It's not easy to be patient through the learning process. We love our babies and want the best for them. Rest assured though, you are already giving your baby a great start by breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is your first introduction to motherhood, where you'll experience lots of doubts and questions. But just like any other part of motherhood, you'll do everything you can to be sure your baby learns what he or she needs to know. We often imagine nursing our baby will be serene, peaceful, and calm. And many times it is, in part because the hormones associated with breastfeeding calm you! On the other hand, it may not be as blissful as you had imagined when you first planned to breastfeed. And that's okay. One day after many days of practicing, you'll sit down to nurse and be surprised that it isn't difficult anymore! You and your baby will be in sync, and breastfeeding will be the part of your day that you enjoy the most.
If breastfeeding isn't going as planned you don't have to do it alone. Call me and schedule an in-home appointment. It is my goal to help moms and babies enjoy their learning time together.