Everyone knows about the benefits of breastfeeding. I'll be the first to jump on the bandwagon and promote it. After breastfeeding two babies for more than 15 months each, I feel like I've experienced every breastfeeding-related emotion, from empowerment to overwhelm. But as people scream the benefits of breast milk from the rooftops, they can sometimes forget that it can actually be incredibly frustrating and stressful for some. But if you're determined not to give up in the face of frustration, there are some ways to deal with breastfeeding agitation that may just help ease your stress a little bit.
Whether it's your first baby and your struggling with all of the adjustments of being a mom, or you've nursed before and are adjusting to life with more than one kiddo, it's totally normal to be frustrated, angry, stressed, or overwhelmed when things don't automatically click when it comes to breastfeeding. In fact, a study reported that most new moms experience enough worry or stress about breastfeeding that they consider stopping altogether, according to Today Parents. The same article stated that, although there is a huge gap in care after women are discharged from the hospital (when most of the stress happens), about 95 percent of problems regarding breastfeeding are reversible given the proper support.
All that to say, although it can be incredibly difficult at times, there are solutions — oftentimes very simple ones — to your breastfeeding woes. Here are a few ways to cope with your breastfeeding agitation.