Breastfeeding is natural. And I truly do believe that it is best. But it is far from easy and does not come as "naturally" as some people make it out to be. Being the mother that can whip out a boob and have a baby attached in the blink of any eye in a public space is lucky group. And some don't ever get there.
I have had both a lucky and unlucky experience breastfeeding run. I am not one of the blessed and it was an emotional roller-coaster when I was in the thick of it.
My mother had no milk at all. Not a drop. And I had a wet nurse - the days before formula necessitated it. When I was pregnant, aside from having a healthy baby, I wanted to breastfeed. I didn't care about anything else. I knew it was not a great sign when my boobs didn't grow even a cm when I was pregnant. (Slight side step - EVERYTHING else GREW. A lot. But my boobs, which are tiny anyway, not a mm. It's my one and only gripe with the universe about my pregnancy. Come on!!!!)
Anyway, while I was pregnant there were positive signs as well - I had colostrum coming through in small amounts, and ultimately, I had a little bit of milk. So I was able to feed my baby some breastmilk in conjunction with formula.
The midwives and maternal health nurses are very helpful but beware - everyone is going to give you differing advice. And some people will be very insistent on things that may not sit well with you. Follow your instincts and do what is right for your family. And even though I found this hard to do myself, please don't get disheartened.
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