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Top Breastfeeding Tips For New Moms

All new mothers want to do what's best for their child. According to the experts this means breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of an infant's life — meaning no food or drink other than breast milk. Of course, this is easier said than done, particularly when you leave the privacy of your home. Breastfeeding isn't always easy. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you and your baby enjoy both the outdoors and the benefits of breastfeeding. Here are a few tips.

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1. Be patient with your baby and yourself.

Although breastfeeding is natural, it can take time for both mom and baby to learn what works for them. If you're having trouble, ask for help and support if you need it to start you and your baby on the path to success.

2. Check out local support services.

Many places like Ontario have many resources for new mothers and those looking to refine their technique or get ideas from other mothers to cope with day-to-day challenges. There are many great programs available, including drop-ins where you find a space to sit down, meet other mothers and feed your baby.

3. Call for help.

Breastfeeding is good for babies in many ways. However, some moms may not be able to breastfeed for medical reasons, and some mothers and babies, despite all best efforts, experience challenges. Speak with your primary care providers about the best options for your baby. The most important thing is to ensure your baby is getting the nutrition he/she needs.

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