The first time you breastfeed is definitely the most memorable. For some, it might be the only attempt at nursing. For others, it becomes a years-long bond with their little one. It can be a beautiful, painful, joyful, or upsetting experience, but either way you'll remember it. If you’re looking forward to the first time you feed your baby with your own body, know that there are things every mom should do during that first feeding so that, hopefully, you can have a great first experience.
My son had a complicated time coming into the world. He spent the first weeks of his life intubated in the NICU, fighting for his life. Not being able to breastfeed him at birth, or even get to hold him, was nothing short of difficult. Even when I finally got to hold him, the doctors wouldn’t allow me to breastfeed just yet. It broke my heart, but I hung in there and stayed by him. Wouldn’t you know it, the first time I finally got to breastfeed him, he took to it like a champ.
Sadly, I didn’t produce enough milk to exclusively breastfeed, but I fed him all I could for four beautiful months. Looking back on our nursing relationship, I can truly say that my only regret is not being able to do some of the following things during our first breastfeeding experience.