Tips for Breastfeeding Success

Supporting Breastfeeding

Most Canadian mothers want to breastfeed their babies, but many end up weaning sooner than they’d planned.  Here are some tips from La Leche League Canada to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals:

  1. Frequent nursing in the early weeks helps to establish your milk production. Watch for your baby’s “I’m hungry” cues – which may be sucking on his hands, smacking his lips, nuzzling your shoulder or cheek, or fussing a little.  Don’t wait until he’s crying or he may not nurse well.
  1. Let baby nurse as long as she wants to at each feeding. Your milk changes throughout the feeding, and only your baby knows when she’s had all she needs.  No need to look at the clock – just watch your baby!
  1. If you find your nipples are sore, ask for help. Breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt! Often a simple change in positioning can help, but there can be other…

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2 thoughts on “Tips for Breastfeeding Success

  1. Hi Mark,

    I was fortunate enough to attend a free breastfeeding workshop before my daughter was born 11 years ago, which was incredibly useful as I had never seen anyone breastfeed. We practiced holding a doll in a variety of positions, had the chance to have questions answered and were advised of a local breastfeeding clinic which we could attend afterwards.

    All of this helped to prepare my mind for what my body was born to do.

    Each of us is born knowing. Mothers and infants have an innate capacity to breastfeed that is more likely to be realised in a calm and supportive atmosphere. Even my baby son who has Down Syndrome has this ability, though feeding took a little longer to establish. He still knew what to do, and I am eternally grateful to my midwife who recognised this as it gave me the confidence to just snuggle down with him and get into the groove. I relaxed into it.

    Having less on my mind was a key factor in the success of our feeding relationship (which is still flourishing at 22 months).

    This is no surprise really. In Norway, where breastfeeding is fully supported by wider society, 99% of mothers breastfeed and are still breastfeeding at 6 months ( – testimony to our inbuilt capabilities.

    So my additional tips for successful breastfeeding would be to welcome a quiet mind and have a national culture of support and acceptance!

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