What Should Mothers Know about Breastfeeding?

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If you’re getting close to your due date and are wondering about breastfeeding, now is a good time to think about it.

Once that little one is born, you’re going to be too tired to think about much besides when you’ll get your next nap.

Most of the experts say that breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby and if you’re committed to giving it a try, there are some things to know.

Here they are.

1. It’s Natural, but That Doesn’t Mean It’s Easy

I’ve breastfed three babies and they were each different.

My first had some trouble, but my third was a breeze.

Your body has some sense of what needs to be done and your baby’s instincts will help too.

However, breastfeeding can be hard as you get used to it.

It might be difficult, but you will get better at it and soon you’ll be nursing in the middle of the night without even waking all the way up.

Stick with it!

2. Breastfeeding Can Be Painful

Yes, you read that right.

At the beginning, nursing doesn’t always feel good.

In fact, it can be excruciating.

Your breasts need a bit of toughening up to get them used to the constant pressure caused by nursing.

If the pain is unbearable, talk to a lactation specialist to make sure your baby is latching on correctly.

3. You Have Lots of Support

There are lactation specialists at virtually every labor and delivery center so if you need some help, there are lots of women that can assist you.

Chances are, a lactation specialist will come talk to you in the hospital when you give birth.

Keep her card on hand so that you can give her a call anytime you need to.

4. It’s Legal in Public Places so Go for It

I remember nursing my first baby at the mall, completely covered up, and still getting dirty looks.

It is legal to breastfeed your baby in public so DO NOT fall for the idea that you have to sit in a dirty public bathroom.2

Use discretion by covering with a blanket, but don’t be afraid to feed your baby when he gets hungry, no matter where you are.

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