If you’re gearing up to embark on a breastfeeding journey, or even if you’ve already trekked many miles with your milk-filled mammaries – make a cuppa, pull up a seat and get the benefit of all my hard-won breastfeeding experience. You never know … I may just be able to save you from making the same mistakes as me!
1. Breastfeeding may not come naturally to you
Take it from a mum who struggled to breastfeed both her children, while it may appear breastfeeding is innate in both mothers and babies – don’t be fooled. For most mums and bubs, this is a learned behaviour – and a steep curve at that. Don’t be discouraged or disheartened if it doesn’t quite go the way you had planned and hoped. That’s a great attitude for parenting in general! But don’t suffer in silence either; seek help through your GP or lactation consultant and things should start to come together.