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Breastfeeding Support For The New Mother

Aug 18, 2007
Many first time mothers find themselves bewildered and frustrated during the first few weeks of breastfeeding. Finding breastfeeding support can help to decrease the anxiety and stress that new mothers experience. Breastfeeding support is available from many different sources.

Often times, other breast feeding women band together and can be a great source of comfort, support and information for each other. Seeking out a local La Leche group or a local lactation consultant can also be a very effective way of obtaining support.

Many first time mothers develop sore nipples. This can be an especially difficult time for both baby and mother. Sore nipples can make every breast feeding session excruciatingly painful for the mother. The resulting stress and anxiety can be sensed by the infant and can cause an infant to be fussy during feedings.

Sore nipples can also be a health concern for the mother if the skin is not treated appropriately. Women who experience sore nipples should consult a lactation specialist or experienced breast feeding mother for suggestions on topical lotions and home remedies to treat sore nipples before the skin becomes cracked and opens the mother up to infection.

An inadequate milk supply can be a great source of stress for a breast feeding mom. Women may turn to a breastfeeding support group to help them get through this difficult time. A temporary reduction in a woman's milk supply does not have to mean an end to the breast feeding experience.

A breastfeeding specialist can help a woman determine and correct the cause of the weakened milk supply. Until a woman's milk supply is replenished, she can choose to supplement her breastfeeding sessions with formula mixed with breast milk.

Lactation consultants are available through local La Leche Leagues as well as most hospitals. Many obstetricians will employ or recommend a few local lactation consultants for mothers who are new to breast feeding or those who are experiencing problems during feedings.

Lactation consultants are specially trained medical personnel who are passionate about breast feeding. It is important to be honest about your lactation problems and questions in order for the lactation specialist to assist you and your baby properly.

Obtaining breastfeeding support can help reduce the overwhelming feelings of helplessness and isolation that a new mother often experiences. Membership in a support group is a great first step for new mothers who are struggling with breast feeding.

Those fortunate mothers who breeze through pregnancy and breastfeeding can offer support to others who may be struggling. Choosing to help others in need provides an enriching experience that can chase away the baby blues.
About the Author
Breast feeding is an important aspect of your new born baby. Mike Selvon's portal has more information about breastfeeding support for moms. Visit our portal and leave a comment at our breast feeding blog.
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