If you are struggling with breastfeeding, while you are in the hospital, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from your doctor, midwife, nurse, or a lactation consultant. Most hospitals have a lactation consultant on staff and can assist new mom’s with breastfeeding issues. Don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help. Breastfeeding creates a bond with your baby that is beyond what words can describe and it is an amazing experience.
Find out if your hospital that you plan on delivering your baby encourages mother’s to breast feed. This will increase your chances of successfully breastfeeding your baby. Some hospitals and nurses may try to discourage you but don’t give up. A hospital that is breastfeeding friendly will provide you the help and support that you need in order to have a successful breastfeeding relationship with your child. When breastfeeding your baby, it is important that you relax. If you have visitors in the room when it is time for baby to eat, do ask them to step out of the room if you are uncomfortable with nursing in front of others.
Did you breastfeed your baby immediately or within the first hour after you gave birth?