How Breastfeeding Works


Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed a baby. Babies are born with reflexes that help them find the breast and begin nursing. But for mother and baby both, breastfeeding is a learned art. In the past, little girls grew up watching experienced mothers putting babies to breast. Today, many women have never seen anyone breastfeed before being handed their own first baby. Without assistance, learning how to position and latch the baby can seem difficult. Mothers also need help interpreting feeding cues and in being able to tell whether their baby is feeding well. It doesn’t quite seem fair that mothers must learn these new skills during a time when they are tired and still recovering from childbirth! The first few weeks can be challenging, but with support, mothers can enjoy the special intimacy and vital health benefits provided by breastfeeding.