The more a woman learns about breastfeeding and what to
expect during the first few weeks after her baby’s birth,
the more likely she is to be successful. There are many
sources of breastfeeding information, each with its own
philosophy and approach. By using several sources, a woman
will have a better idea of what situations are normal and
how she can make choices that are right for her.
It is also helpful to spend some time around mothers and
babies to become more familiar with normal baby behavior.
Attending breastfeeding support group meetings such as La
Leche League or Nursing Mothers Council can help by
answering questions and sharing the experiences of others.
Fathers, grandparents and other children should be included
in learning about breastfeeding. When the family is
knowledgeable and supportive, the breastfeeding experience
will be more rewarding. A father who has read about
breastfeeding can help a mother when she is upset or tired
and her problem seems overwhelming. If a family has any
concerns or problems, before or after birth, they can
discuss them with a knowledgeable breastfeeding counselor.
She can answer questions about any special situations such
as breastfeeding and working or breastfeeding babies with
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