Q&A: Breastfeeding Second Time Around?

I had trouble nursing my first baby. How can I make this time different?
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By Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, Lactation Specialist
Updated March 2, 2017
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Spend time with other breastfeeding mothers: Attend group meetings for nursing moms (find your local group at Many problems are the result of misinformation and lack of familiarity with how breastfeeding works. Before your baby is born, make it a point to learn more about the basic dynamics of how breastfeeding works. (One resource to try: Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers, a book I wrote with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC.) Swapping stories and strategies is the best way to avoid problems. Also, find out who the breastfeeding support people are in your area (lactation counselors and postpartum nurses), both in the hospital and in your community — and call them for a consultation if you have problems again. It might take a little extra help, but you’re not doomed to fail.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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