Q&A: Breastfeeding Instincts?

How can I learn how to breastfeed? Will my baby just know how?
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ByJeanne Cygnus, IBCLC, RLC
Lactation Specialist
Updated
Mar 2017
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Babies are born with definite feeding instincts that help them breastfeed, and mother’s instincts help in this process as well. That being said, it’s still often challenging to start. Having good basic information ahead of time can help you make sense of everything that is happening and make things go a lot more smoothly. One of the best ways to learn the basics of breastfeeding is to attend a class or a group meeting. La Leche League International, an organization devoted to helping mothers breastfeed, is a good place to start. Breastfeeding groups allow for easy interactions so that everyone learns in the most comfortable way possible — from observing to sharing. I always recommend that pregnant moms attend at least one group meeting before birth, but many attend regularly because of the friendships they’ve formed and the support they receive.

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