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  Breastfeeding – In the beginning
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 system.

The secret remains to ask for help. A small tweak of your technique (yes, there is a technique).

See also:

Breastfeeding - After Caesarean

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Breastfeeding - Basic info

Breastfeeding - Breast infection continuing feeding

Breastfeeding - Breast Infection or mastitis

Breastfeeding - Difficulty

Breastfeeding - Effect of exercise

Breastfeeding - Effect of laughter

Breastfeeding - Engorgement Discomfort

Breastfeeding - Engorgement Pain Relief

Breastfeeding - Engorgement Reason

Breastfeeding - Fear

Breastfeeding - Feeding positions

Breastfeeding - Feeding when ill

Breastfeeding - Frequent feeding

Breastfeeding - Importance

Breastfeeding - Increasing Milk

Breastfeeding - Jaundice

Breastfeeding - Latching

Breastfeeding - Leaking Milk

Breastfeeding - Let-down Reflex

Breastfeeding - Medication

Breastfeeding - Milk Consistency

Breastfeeding - Milk Release

Breastfeeding - Milk Starting

Breastfeeding - Mother's Sickness

Breastfeeding - Mother's Stress

Breastfeeding - Mother's Thirst

Breastfeeding - Nipples Healing

Breastfeeding - Nipples Painful

Breastfeeding - Nipples Washing

Breastfeeding - Overdue Baby

Breastfeeding - Reasons Not To

Breastfeeding - Restless Baby

Breastfeeding - Second Baby

Breastfeeding - Shape Of Breasts

Breastfeeding - Simplicity

Breastfeeding - Sleepy Baby

Breastfeeding - Some Advantages

Breastfeeding - Watery Breastmilk

Breastfeeding - Weight Loss

Breastfeeding - When To Wean

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