7 Ways To Manage Your Thoughts & Expectationswhen Breastfeeding Isn't Going Well...
We set our standards so high – especially as a mother – and then struggle if we can’t reach them all.
Whereas what we really need is to practice more self-care, and in doing so have more time to enjoy caring for our babies.
Self-care is described as protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress; and trying to breastfeed can be particularly stressful.
“Breast is best” is the catch cry, and a million articles, blogs and social media posts of babies at the breast make it very difficult for a woman to find confidence if she is struggling with breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding doesn’t always work for everyone, and mums who bottle feed shouldn’t be hard on themselves or feel they need to explain why they aren’t breastfeeding. It is so important to understand that it is NEVER the mother’s fault when breastfeeding is not working.
Many things make breastfeeding difficult – sore nipples, not enough milk supply, illness, stress, medications or many other factors that are often out of your control. It is important to reach out for help as there are breastfeeding challenges that can be overcome.
Of course, in an ideal world there would be no need for formula and bottles, but we live in a world where things are not perfect.
So, if you find yourself exhausted from pumping, trying to combine breast and bottle, or exclusively bottle feeding your baby, here are some tips on how to nurture your baby and yourself during feed times:
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