Breastfeeding your baby is an amazing thing. But it's not always easy.
Breastfeeding can be blissful and peaceful from the start. And it can also be many other things.
Breastfeeding can be blissful and peaceful from the start. You may have a baby that latches beautifully from the very first moment, and the two of you will go on to enjoy breastfeeding for as long as you like.
Breastfeeding can also be so many other things - Hard. Confusing. Painful. Worrisome. There may be struggles with feeling like yourself. Struggles with supply. Struggles with knowing and bonding with your baby through feeding. And that’s OK.
Breastfeeding is natural, but it’s not always easy, and it’s not always the picture of happiness and love that we envision while we’re waiting for our perfect little babies to be born.
When you struggle with feeding your baby, it can feel really, really isolating and lonely. But you aren’t alone in your feelings, and you aren’t the only mother in history who has fought to enjoy (or tolerate) breastfeeding. You aren’t even the only mother TODAY who has questioned whether or not she wants to continue with breastfeeding.
The good news is that if you are struggling with enjoying breastfeeding, support and community really can make a difference. You can find a place where you feel successful and enjoy your feeding journey.
While you are pregnant, talk to your family/friends about how you plan to feed your baby so that they will better understand how they can support you. If your baby is already here, find a local group to connect with other mothers in your season of parenting. Communicate with your support system about how you are feeling, and let them know how they can continue to help you in meeting your goals for feeding your baby. If breastfeeding hurts or isn’t working well, reach out for support from an IBCLC.