After I gave birth to my first daughter, I was dead-set on breastfeeding. I had read up on the benefits, gone to birthing and breastfeeding classes, bought a few nursing bras, and one of those c-shaped pillows. I thought I was set. There was one thing I wasn't anticipating the moment I held my baby to nurse for the first time though — I had no clue which breastfeeding positions would make things comfortable for my baby and I. to be honest, holding her felt awkward and I had a really hard time figuring out how to comfortably feed her.
Now, after nursing her and my second daughter, I'm a bit more experienced and a lot more comfortable with different positions. But I know I'm not alone in the struggle to get comfortable. Those first few months of breastfeeding can be awful, but with persistence, a few new positions, and even professional help if need be, most mamas find that they're able to overcome the awkward stage.
With more than two years of nursing under my belt (er, bra), I've defaulted to a few "favorite positions" that are the easiest for me to do, especially as my daughter gets older. The same is true for most moms. As time goes on, you learn right along with your baby and suddenly the task that felt so awkward at first feels like the most natural thing in the world.