I have been blessed to breastfeed all 7 of my children. I had an awesome, supportive family when I first started breastfeeding my oldest. That made all the difference in the world.
Here is Ms. Dimples at 8 weeks old (she is now 11 weeks) while nursing:
Here I am nursing Ms. Dimples (then 5 weeks old) at the Milwaukee Zoo on vacation.
I would offer advice to anyone who is considering breastfeeding or has recently started.
♣ Relax. Seriously. Take a breath and relax. Baby can feel your frustration and stress. That just makes your baby frustrated and tense.
♣ Talk in a soothing voice. This is good for both of you.
♣ Find support with another breastfeeding mom. It can be easier when you have someone along for the ride with you.
♣ Realize it can take time for both of you to figure out what to do and how to do it.
♣ If baby is having a hard time latching on you can start them out sucking on your finger then switching them to your breast. Sucking on your finger for a moment will calm them and get the suckling reflex going stronger.
Most of all, after a little time it will get easier and become an absolutely wonderful experience. One that you will always remember.
Fully Relying on God,