Words of wisdom for first-time breastfeeding moms
Breastfeeding can be tricky. Moms offer their tips and tricks for making it easier.
Breastfeeding is an amazing time for mom and baby to connect, but it can be tricky for new moms. There are many common problems a new mom may experience when first trying to breastfeed her baby.
We took to Facebook
and asked parents to share their words of wisdom for new breastfeeding moms. Breastfeeding tips
Don't stress if it's not 'what you expected'. Don't give up, it becomes easier. - Veronica-Anne
Join La Leche League and attend some meetings. Then: Never quit on your worst day. - Heather
It's sore but it's worth it. You are allowed to breastfeed at your table wherever you are. Don't be scared or ashamed. Go out and feed your baby. - Hetta
Lots of safe skin-to-skin contact with baby. Feed 8 to twelve times a day. Get others to help with normal chores. - Esme
Sleep with the baby next to you on the bed on his side facing you so you can feed him on your side during the night. It's much easier than getting out of bed to pick him up from the cot every time he wakes up and baby sleeps better smelling the milk right next to him. - Leigh-Anne
Feed as often and as much as possible. Breastfed babies do not have a schedule. They might want to drink every half hour, or 2 hours or just keep on drinking. That is good for your supply. - Linda
The first 6 weeks are HARD! Push through them and it will be easy sailing after that. - Kayleigh
Eat healthy and drink water so your bundle of joy can have all good nutritional he/she needs. - Constance
One for the fathers: Be at all times very supportive and keep on encouraging the new breastfeeding mom. - @DadToBeAdvice
Rest as often as you can. - Issy
The way you hold your baby has a lot to do with helping him/her to latch. I found that I needed a pillow on my lap and I needed to raise my legs by resting my feet on a bench in order to get a position that worked for both me and baby. - Carmen
It hurts. It hurts like hell for the first two weeks. If you know that and have some lanolin, you'll manage. - Cathrine
Hang in there & don't be afraid to ask for help.It's a steep learning curve but so worth it! - @stolanursingWhat would your breastfeeding advice be? Or what would you like advice on?