1. Chill Out and Get Help
Relax! You’re not supposed to know what you’re doing. Like with almost anything new, it’s best to seek the advice of professionals. While breastfeeding is natural, it’s also perfectly natural that you would have no idea how to do it, what to expect or how to prepare — especially if you don’t have family around to help out.
This is where a lactation consultant can be very helpful. Lactation consultants specialize in teaching new moms how to breastfeed their babies. Even if it does come naturally, it’s nice to have the reassurance that you are doing everything you can to make it easy for you and your baby. You can find a lactation consultant near you on The United States Lactation Consultant Association’s website (link below). If you’re more comfortable in a group setting, check with your doctor or hospital. Most hospitals offer breastfeeding classes for new parents. Getting help will build your confidence and give you a resource should you run into challenges.