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Your baby and you; The first weeks of breastfeeding

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Sore nipples? check. Feels like your baby is attached to your boob? check. Feels like your not breastfeeding correctly? check.

Those first few weeks of breastfeeding can be very challenging, especially if this is your first child. You'll feel like you aren't breastfeeding correctly and that your baby is not getting enough milk. They are. A lot of moms give up breastfeeding within the first few weeks. My best advice to new moms, Don't give up! I promise you it will get easier and you will enjoy it.

I was ready to give up breastfeeding with my first son within the first week. He had jaundice and had to eat every two hours. All that he wanted to do was sleep because of the jaundice. I would struggle to wake him up to eat and then struggle to keep him awake while he was eating. It would take me almost an hour to feed him each time and then I would get an hour break and go right back to feeding him. It felt like I would never get a break. I based my first impression of breastfeeding off of all of this thinking this was how it was going to be the whole year I planned to breastfeed.

Luckily this only lasted for about two weeks and I slowly started to get the hang of things and felt like I wasn't always constantly feeding. My advice is to not stop just because it seems hard at the beginning. It gets easier and the older your child gets the less often you breastfeed them. My second son is eight months old and I breastfeed him every three-four hours now.

I wouldn't change a thing about keeping up with breastfeeding. It has been so rewarding and such a great bonding experience between me and my boys. Make sure you give it a try for as long as you can! You won't regret it!



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