Like any skill, breastfeeding can take some practice, and some women may find it easier to breastfeed than others. The primary key to success is to relax before and during breastfeeding and to remain persistent and not give up at the first signs of difficulty. Lactation support can play a critical role in helping women learn how to breastfeed successfully while also helping ward off initial feelings of failure.
Lactation consultations provide important support for mothers who are new to the breastfeeding process as well as those with experience in breastfeeding following previous pregnancies. Because breastfeeding can be difficult to master, especially for first-time moms, working with a healthcare provider with experience in lactation counseling is important to prevent women from giving up out of frustration if they're not immediately successful. The postnatal period can be a stressful time, and having additional support is important for building feelings of confidence.
Breastfeeding has been linked with many benefits for infants. Among the top benefits:
Breast pumps help women express breast milk on their own so they can pump while at work or any time the baby is not feeding, building up a “backup” supply of breast milk. The pump uses a soft, form-fitting cup that fits snugly over the nipple. The cup is attached to a long tube that allows the breast milk to drain into a reservoir. When the pump is turned on, gentle suction draws the milk from the breast and into the reservoir. Manual (non-electric) breast pumps are also available.
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