Breastfeeding is natural, but not always instinctual, especially the first time you nurse your brand new baby. Most moms expect a blissful, bonding nursing relationship right off the bat, but the truth is that the first few days nursing your newborn can be a bit tricky. If you're wondering how to survive your first breastfeeding session, you're definitely not alone.
More often than not — barring any complications — the first time you'll get to nurse your baby will be immediately after giving birth. Of course, this will be an amazing moment between the two of you. However, it can also come with its fair share of stress and emotions as you adjust to the reality of the baby in your arms.
I remember the first time I held my daughter after giving birth. Along with the sense of awe, love, and exhaustion, came the terrifying realization that I had no idea what I was doing. I had never held a newborn, led alone tried to breastfeed one.
Obviously, we eventually got the hang of it, and our first nursing session was beautiful despite the stress. Knowing what to expect for that first nursing session can ensure that the stress is minimized and you're able to focus on what matters most: you and your brand new babe.