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I couldn’t breastfeed my first child – should I try again when I have this baby?

Most definitely! Just as every baby is different, so is every breastfeeding experience.

I hear it all the time: “I couldn’t breastfeed my baby.” In fact, a large number of mothers that I see tell me that their own mothers and/or grandmothers couldn't breastfeed. There's a very simple reason to explain this phenomenon. Women during the 50's, 60's and 70's were not encouraged to nurse their babies. There was really little or no help available to them. Even in today’s culture, many women have never even seen a baby breastfed prior to nursing their own. Their own mothers, sisters, and aunts can't help because they didn't nurse either. Statistics show that many women who start out breastfeeding have quit by the second or third week! This is not because of medical problems, but because they are not given the information, support, and help that they need.

Are there some women who really can’t breastfeed? The answer is yes, but it is a very small number - estimated by many to be less than 1%. So, for the next time around, the best advice I can give you is to educate yourself. I promise you, it will be worth it!

 

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