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Breastfeeding is often depicted as a beautiful, natural process that happens seamlessly between mother and baby. The reality? It's not always that easy. It can get messy, and sometimes, downright challenging. If you're finding it tough, first up, breathe. You're not alone. Many new mums struggle with breastfeeding, and it's absolutely okay to reach out for help.
Now, there can be plenty of reasons why breastfeeding can be tricky sometimes. Maybe your baby isn't latching properly, or perhaps you're experiencing pain or discomfort. Maybe your milk supply is low, or perhaps you're dealing with mastitis. However, these bumps on the road don't make you any less of an amazing mum. Each mum-baby duo is unique, and so is their breastfeeding story.
You know what could help? Going back to basics with latching and positioning. It's incredible how making small adjustments can make a big difference. On that note, we have this video that provides a recap on good latching and different nursing positions you may have already considered. It's worth a watch!
When the going gets tough, it's okay to seek help. Lactation consultants, healthcare providers or even your own circle of mummy friends and family can offer you some valuable advice. Remember, you're not alone in this journey, and asking for help is a sign of strength, not a weakness.
At Lola&Lykke, we've been there, done that, and we totally get it. We've gathered all sorts of helpful articles in our “breastfeeding” category on our Mamahood Manuals blog. You'll find tons of practical tips, expert advice, and real-life stories from other mums who've been in your shoes. Looking for ways to increase your milk supply or handy tips to soothe sore nipples? Seek some encouragement? We've got you covered.
Need something more personalized? Check out our Health Expert community. We are here to provide a safe and judgement-free space for all parents and answer any questions you might have for free - so that you can be the happy and healthy parent your child needs. Remember, every breastfeeding journey is unique, and it's totally cool to pave your own way. Keep going, mama - you're doing amazing, and we're cheering you on every step of the way!
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by Lola&Lykke Team