Today I was thinking, how AMAZING is breastfeeding. I absolutely love being able to nourish my babe and have that bonding experience. But breastfeeding was not always easy, so I wanted to give some advice to any new mama's who have a desire to nurse but might be struggling! After my first week of nursing, I was convinced NO amount of warning could prepare me for the experience (hint- it was painful)!
If you are a mom and breastfeeding came easy for you, that’s awesome! I hope it does come easy for any mom. But if you are in the trenches of the first few months, and it seems impossible – don’t give up! I was told a million times, it does get easier.
I ended up supplementing with formula for a few weeks, no shame! Then, with some encouragement from my tribe, jumped back in. Despite the pain. Despite the exhaustion. Despite everything – I jumped back in. If you can make it two months, you’ve got it! So hang in there.
Here are a few tips I learned:
And last – just keep going! You must push through knowing that it does get easier the more that you do it. Talk to your Doc. And once you get through to the other side, it’s a very special and amazing experience waiting for you! All the love to you, mama!