Like most aspects of motherhood, breastfeeding is a topic everyone has an opinion on, both positive and negative. Because breastfeeding a baby is one of the hardest things in the world, it makes sense that many new moms turn to those with more knowledge when they have questions or concerns. But so many different people can give you conflicting advice, making you feel even less confident than before. I'm a big believer in going with the flow (pun totally intended) when it comes to nursing, but breastfeeding tips straight from a lactation consultant can be extremely helpful for every nursing mom.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 76.5 percent of moms breastfeed in the United States and by the time their babies are six months old, that number drops to 49 percent. Of course, breastfeeding is obviously a mother's choice, but I can't help wondering if the drop is because of problems and issues that arise during a mother's breastfeeding journey. It's no easy feat to nourish another human being with your own body, but with the right tips, you can hopefully bypass a lot of frustration and hard days.
I spoke with Leigh Anne O'Connor, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, to get the expert-approved breastfeeding advice every mom needs. If you haven't delivered yet, be sure to also check out a La Leche League meeting. "La Leche League meetings and other breastfeeding support groups can teach you the various ways babies nurse," O'Connor tells Romper. There's nothing like learning with live models." And if you can't make it to a meeting, don't stress. These 13 tips will get you through the highs and lows that comes with breastfeeding.