I want to breastfeed my baby and I imagine that it will be
a natural experience. How do I still the voice in my head
that says it might be difficult?
Breastfeeding is a skill. You would not expect to know
how to drive a car or do a job without training. So you
can’t expect breastfeeding to be instinctive and automatic.
Luckily there are experts freely available who can show
you the tricks of the trade! If you are in hospital for
a few days then be sure that the midwife or breastfeeding
counsellor visits you regularly and answers all your questions
until you are confident. If you are already at home then
you may need to organise for a trained person to visit you.
Your doctor or midwife should be able to advise you about
a consultant in your area. Otherwise phone your local La
Leche League for advice.
The most important thing you have to do is stay calm and
get lots of rest and fluid so that you are in a position
to physically produce the milk. You might think that you
are the kind of person who will not be able to sit still
for long enough to feed, but you could very well be surprised.
The hormones that flood your body during feeding have an
extremely relaxing affect on you. In addition you may find
that you are so besotted with your lovely baby that just
sitting watching baby feed is completely fulfilling. Either
way, you should give it a good try for at least 6-8 weeks
to ensure that your baby gets the benefit of a boosted immune
The secret remains to ask for help. A small tweak of your
technique (yes, there is a technique).
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