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1- Not Seeking Help When You Need It:
You're not the first mom to struggle. Reach out to fellow moms or seek the advice of a lactation consultant. Studies show that women with a support system breastfeed longer!
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2- Trying to Feed on a Schedule:
Watch your baby, not the clock. Trying to schedule your newborn can negatively impact your milk supply. Feeding on demand will help with milk supply and proper weight gain.
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3- Stressing Out
One of the most common breastfeeding mistakes that is often overlooked is excess stress! Remember, breastfeeding is a skill and you need time & practice to learn how to do it. Stress can sabotage your body, compromise your immune system and negatively impact milk production. Stress will only make breastfeeding harder.
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4- Not Taking Care of Yourself
Recovering from pregnancy and birth takes a huge toll on your body. Throw in hormone fluctuations, stress and no sleep and it's a wonder any mom makes it through. Taking care of yourself should be a top priority. It's up to you to make it happen. If you don't help yourself, you can't help your baby.
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5- Not Learning how to Nurse in Public
Many moms are nervous to breastfeed in public. Staying home forever is not a great option, so if you don't learn to nurse it public it can be a negative and stressful experience. Try a nursing cover if it helps and the right outfit can help, like a nursing tank, dress, or shirt from Undercover Mama.