Breastfeeding 101

Helen Rose, MD
2009

It’s all about the latch!
Breastfeeding can be challenging, but for many women, once they master “the latch”, it’s pretty easy after that.  Every woman is different and there is a plethora of advice out there.  Start in the hospital when your baby is born.  Ask for help from an experienced nurse or lactation consultant during EVERY feeding.  Don’t be alarmed with varying advice, there is no “right way” to nurse your baby.  Some general tips include:

Prevent Sore Nipples
Many women become discouraged with breastfeeding because of terrible nipple pain during the process.  It’s important to prevent severe pain. 

Pumping
Pumping can be a great help to a new mother. Dad can feed the baby at 2 a.m.! It’s also pretty cumbersome and hard to find the time to do.

Going Back to Work
This may be the most overwhelming challenge to a nursing mother.  You can do it; it just takes motivation and patience.

A great book to help you with the process is “New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding”, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Good Luck and enjoy!