Breastfeeding Isn't Always Easy
Breastfeeding is natural, so that means it'll be easy right? Wrong... Breastfeeding is not always easy.
For some they simply say " we are going to breastfeed" and they do with no issues. Baby latches well, nurses well, there is no extensive nipple soreness for mom and they nurse until baby or mom is ready to wean.
Some say " we are going to breastfeed" and they do with minimal issues that they are able to work through to make nursing doable for mom and baby.
Some say " we are going to breastfeed" and they have a difficult time, be that baby latching, extensive issues for mom such as mastitis, cracked and sore nipples, milk production issues, baby struggles to sufficiently suck, the list goes on. For what ever reason, be that it has challenges or it is not working and baby needs fed and mom needs rest, breastfeeding becomes something that is too difficult to continue.
Here are some words of encouragement. Breastfeeding isn't always easy, but you are an amazing mother. The simple phrase of "fed is best" rings true. When you encounter an issue in your breastfeeding journey and seek out help or a solution remember, you must do what works for you and your baby.
If your goals are to breastfeed here are some amazing resources for you.
- In home visits by an IBCLC to help you figure out what your next steps can be
- Postpartum Doula support to support you through the suggestions of the IBCLC, one-on-one support throughout the day and night with breastfeeding/pumping
- A local La Leche League meeting to meet local moms who are breastfeeding/pumping
- Donated milk for supply issues or when discontinuing breastfeeding, but still wanting to feed the baby with breastmilk
- Attending our Postpartum Support Group, which is open to mothers and partners, moms who are bottle feeding, breastfeeding, pumping or a mix of all three. Watch the video below to learn about our Postpartum Support Group
Sometimes when our breastfeeding plans do not go as we wanted, it can be hard to process, accept or talk about, and that is okay. Remember that there are resources out there for you, support is all around you and fed is best. Be proud of the amazing mother that you are to your baby.