I’m going to let you in on a secret: breastfeeding isn’t something that comes naturally to most moms and babies. For many – myself included – it takes a lot of hard work to get a correct latch that doesn’t hurt mom or upset baby.
Given my own first experience with breastfeeding, I’m not surprised that only half of Canadian mothers are still doing it at six months – something recommended by both the Canadian Paediatric Society and World Health Organization. The first few weeks with a new baby are exciting, but also physically and mentally exhausting – not necessarily the best conditions to deal with potential breastfeeding frustrations. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t dream about giving up on it myself at times when my first son was born. While he was rapidly gaining weight and was content, I was silently suffering.