Expressing milk helped me to breastfeed

I really struggled with breastfeeding for the first month – my son wouldn’t latch on properly and my nipples became really sore from the bad latch. The NCT breastfeeding class I went to said i shouldn’t introduce a bottle until my baby was at least 6 weeks old, but i found the only way i could continue breastfeeding was to express milk using a breast pump and bottle feed every other feed. It gave my breasts a chance to heal and after about 3 weeks i was able to breastfeed full time. I went to some breastfeeding drop ins in my local area too and every person i saw told me to do something differently, which made the whole thing a bit confusing. They did help me get into a good feeding position though and i’m glad that resource was available. I would just warn anyone to be careful to get advice from just one person about breastfeeding. Everyone has different tips and techniques and you need to find your own mix of things to get going with breast feeding.

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