Breastfeeding your baby is touted by society as one of the most natural things a mother can do. But as anyone that's taken on the task can tell you, breastfeeding doesn't always come naturally. Some moms find the process of getting a good latch, making an adequate milk supply, feeling occasional discomfort, or breastfeeding in public really uncomfortable. Every mom has unique challenges that should be validated and heard. But regardless of what you're facing, there are little things that make nursing easier for you and your baby.
I tried breastfeeding my first born daughter for about six weeks before I incorporated bottle feeding. My daughter was low birth weight and needed to eat frequently to gain weight. My previous breast biopsy surgery had adversely impacted my supply making nursing very difficult, especially in public. After a lot of tears (from us both) I decided to only nurse or pump at home, where I was comfortable.
You might be dealing with other breastfeeding struggles and that's OK. By trying new techniques and implementing new tips you'll find the perfect way to feed your baby that works for your family. If you decide to continue breastfeeding through whatever challenges you might be dealing with, here are eight little ways to make nursing easier.