I wish I could have watched a few breastfeeding videos before my first baby was born. We would have had a much different experience. Breastfeeding always seemed like the natural choice for me, and I had no worries about not being able to do the job. After all, my doctor told me I was a "baby-making machine." Surely that meant that all of the other things regarding motherhood would come to me just as easily as manufacturing another life. I remember vividly the realization that I didn't have a clue when it came to feeding my baby.
Everything worked okay while we were in the hospital and the lactation specialist was there to help me out; however, once I got home, it was like I had no idea how to console my crying infant. I didn't know that my stress level would only make it more difficult. I could have calmed down a lot sooner if I had been able to go online and get some ideas by watching a couple breastfeeding videos.
How Will Breastfeeding Videos Help You?
Breastfeeding is natural, but it isn't always easy; it's not like babies come with manuals. Feeding your newborn is a skill that you must develop, and each child is different. Thankfully, these days there are breastfeeding videos that will help you every step of the way, from learning to get the baby to latch on properly, to how to deal with pain in your nipples.
Watching a breastfeeding video and practicing along will help build your confidence. It will also introduce you to a variety of methods so you can figure out what works well for the two of you.
Baby will try their best to get at your milk supply, as it's instinct for them. However, without a suitable latch, they won't be happy and won't get fed well. Learning a proper latching technique was the most challenging thing for me when I was starting out.
I didn't understand what was happening until I watched a few breastfeeding videos with my mom group. It was then I realized that the best thing I could do was to relax and be patient so my milk could let-down and make it easier for my baby to eat. I remember how eye-opening it was the first time I realized that I was not alone in my need to develop competence with something that I assumed would be intuitive. It was a relief to know that breastfeeding is something that takes practice.
Cradle hold, cross hold, football hold, there are a variety of positions that you can use when breastfeeding. Written directions with photos are great, but it may be hard to fully grasp the concept of different holding styles without seeing the process in action.
Breastfeeding videos can help to build confidence, as you and baby practice along until you know what feels right. Find a chair with good armrests, a bed with a pile of pillows or an alternative space that fits your needs. Then settle in and remember that this takes some patience and practice. Soon this new process will feel like second nature.
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Prepare For Public
Breastfeeding outside of your home is something that is going to happen at some point because you probably don't want to be confined to the house until your child is weaned. It's all about comfort for you and your baby, not to mention convenience.
It's helpful to be able to watch a breastfeeding video where women talk about their experiences feeding their baby in public before you go out for the first time. You'll feel more prepared, and you'll have a well thought out plan instead of winging it as I did.
A new mom may not think about what she's wearing without having experienced the panic of not being able to feed her baby without disrobing in front of a restaurant full of people. You are lucky because you have the experience of women who want to share what they've learned with you.
The ladies in the video above discuss the importance of knowing how to dress when you leave the house. Another good point they make is to let your baby get the hang of the latch-on before going on an outing.
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Where Can I Find Breastfeeding Videos Online?
YouTube is excellent for connecting with women who are making breastfeeding videos to share their challenges and discoveries. These videos are usually fun and entertaining as well. For a more structured education, you can head to one of my favorite sites. I've included some general information and links to each site, below.
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Breastfeeding Videos Are Great
The choice to breastfeed is a personal one. And, it's not for every mom or baby. Sometimes external factors affect a mother's ability to breastfeed, and that's okay. However, other times moms feel like they are giving up because something that they thought would -- or should -- come to them instinctually turns out to be a challenge. As you can see from our research, many options exist for you to get help.
Breastfeeding videos are one of the many resources available to moms who need support while they develop this new skill. Use the links we've provided, make connections with other breastfeeding moms, and relax, because you got this, mama.