Q&A: Breastfeeding Second Time Around?

I had trouble nursing my first baby. How can I make this time different?
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ByNancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Lactation Specialist
Updated
Mar 2017
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Spend time with other breastfeeding mothers: Attend group meetings for nursing moms (find your local group at LLLI.org). 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.

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