Many first-time moms aim to breastfeed their infants and that’s wonderful. But for new moms managing a whole lot of new once their baby arrives, breastfeeding can be tricky … Oh, you may think you know what to do from what you’ve read and heard, but the reality of doing is a different matter altogether. That’s why, before your baby is born, one of the best things you can do for yourself before Baby comes is to arrange for a lactation expert, nurse or good friend who has successfully breastfed to be with you in the hospital and to visit you numerous times at home while you gain confidence as a breastfeeder. Â At your child’s birth, your milk will not have come in just yet, but you DO need to learn immediately what it’s like for your baby to latch on. Â Successful breastfeeding comes about in stages and is designed artfully by nature so it’s not as cut-and-dry as you might think. Â
In the book Painless Childbirth, by Giuditta Tornetta, a lactation expert, moms learn that having an expert with them from the beginning to help you understand latching on, positioning, and milk supply — and to help boost your confidence — can make all the difference between a beautiful breastfeeding experience and giving up.