You have heard that breastfeeding is good for your baby. You may have heard that breastfeeding is good for mom's health as well, and that breastfeeding helps new moms bond with their baby. However, if you are reading this, then you have either heard some scary things about breastfeeding, or you are experiencing difficulty, and you are seeking answers or help.
Breastfeeding is the normal way for human moms to feed human babies. Breastfeeding is natural. Just like walking.
Walking is normal and natural. However, few people learn to walk on their first try, and very few learn without someone helping them.
It is normal to get help with breastfeeding, even though it is natural to breastfeed.
In many cultures, breastfeeding is so normal that new moms have been exposed to breastfeeding, literally, their entire lives, and they are surrounded by experienced moms as soon as their baby is born. In our culture, more often than not, a mom's first experience with breastfeeding is the moment she tries to breastfeed her own infant for the first time. Moms are trying to master a brand new skill that they have rarely, if ever, even seen done well. Experienced moms have challenges as well, as every baby is different. If you've done this before, but this time is just different, that's normal too.
I am here to help answer your questions and to help you have a breastfeeding experience that is healthy and fulfilling for you and your baby. I will customize a plan for you, based on your goals, and provide coaching and counseling to meet your individual needs. I am available for in-home consultations, usually within 24 hours of your request. Call or email me, help is on the way!
Beth Sanders, BSN, RN, IBCLC