Written by Elaine Tobias, RN, BSN, IBCLC
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant,
When you tell people about your pregnancy, they are delighted for you. When you tell them you plan to breastfeed, they are concerned for you. The truth is, most new “mothers-to-be” are receiving information from someone who has never even tried breastfeeding. As an IBCLC, I would like to provide you with some evidence-based and up-to-date information about breastfeeding so you, as a new mother, can make an informed decision.
These are a couple comments and misconceptions I hear all the time.
“I have no idea where to start”
“Breastfeeding is hard and it hurts”
“I just know I will not have enough milk for my baby”
You can start by talking with your health-care provider, whether they are a physician or midwife. You can also find educational support and resources through breastfeeding classes, lactation consultants, lactation counselors, peer counselors, La Leche groups and various websites such as, Kellymom.com.
A little information about breastfeeding goes a long way, starting with the first feeding. Proper positioning at the breast and a deep latch with a strong suckle will not only be more comfortable but will also remove milk and tell the body to make more milk. Just as you trusted your body to grow and carry your baby, you should trust your body to continue to provide your baby with the exact nourishment that is meant for him or her.
Every mom will have a different story to share about their experience with breastfeeding, make yours a nursing love story. The bond will last a life-time.
La Leche League International https://www.llli.org