The first two weeks of breastfeeding are often the hardest. Whether it's your first baby or your third, getting to know your little one and working with them to establish a healthy breastfeeding relationship isn't always easy. Knowing what to expect those first few weeks can be a huge help though, especially if you keep the most common breastfeeding milestones for the fist two weeks in the back of your mind for a reference.
I remember when I had my first daughter; I had no idea what to expect. I had been to the birthing classes and read all of the breastfeeding information I could find. And still, I felt clueless the first time I held her to latch. It was a strange feeling, not knowing what I was doing, but as time went on, my little one and I figured it out together.
It's the same for most moms — the first weeks are a bit of a learning curve as you and your newborn learn the basics of latching on, letdown, and nursing together. Don't worry if you feel like you don't know what to expect. With these important milestones as your guide, you and your baby will be breastfeeding like pros before you know it. (And if not, then perhaps breastfeeding isn't for you — there's no shame in that. )