Everyone knows breast milk is the optimal food source for babies, yet so many mothers have a hard time nursing, often losing the battle right from the onset.
There are many reasons given for the low proportion of moms who breastfeed their babies. As a whole, our society prefers to think that breasts are for filling out bikinis, not feeding our young. Some women worry about whether they'll be able to nurse after a C-section, while others are concerned about providing enough milk for their babies. Some new moms worry about pain, while still others are just plain anxious about the whole process. It may help to know that most of these concerns can be promptly alleviated with just a little background knowledge, encouragement, and pointers from experienced mothers and health professionals who are knowledgeable about breastfeeding. By being informed beforehand about the benefits of nursing, the intricacies of good positioning for feeding, and how to cope with common problems, you too can make the all-time miracle of nursing be a beautiful, healthy experience for you and your baby.