Breastfeeding Doesn't Come Naturally
It should be as simple as putting baby to breast. But for many of us, breastfeeding is a lost art. Our mothers didn't do it and neither did our best girlfriends. So, when we don't know what to do (and clearly, baby isn't sure, either), where can we go for advice? The local lactation consultant. She'll likely take one look at your confused efforts and pinpoint the problem. The result? You won't cry every time baby nurses -- and baby won't, either. Talk about a win-win.
The truth is, even though breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, it's a learned skill that requires technique and practice. Rest assured, the curve is a steep one. If you can stick it out past Week 3, you'll reap the rewards. No fumbling for bottles and formula in the middle of the night, and when you're on-the-go with baby, you don't have to worry about running out of milk. You've got a convenient, pre-sterilized supply as close as your nursing bra.