Breastfeeding is normal and natural and every mother who is successful breastfeeding credits three things:
Persistence, support and luck.
Persistence is highly individual and comes from within.
It is when you are clear about what is important to you, and more importantly, why. You face challenge with a sense of adventure. If you give up, it’s only to catch your breath, dry your eyes, drink some water before jumping back in the game.
Support is external and comes from your family, friends, medical providers and the people in your community.
Support affirms that you are the expert in your baby or child. It is the parents in your family, community or workplace who are breastfeeding and chestfeeding as a way of life, modeling that nursing is nurturing, nourishing, and normal.
Support teaches you what’s normal, and when to get help. It connects you to resources when you face challenges. Support is bite-sized lessons from mothers and others about breastfeeding, sprinkled over the weeks, months and years you are nursing.
Luck is luck.
It is when you stumble across the thing that you need most, at the moment you need it.
"Welcome to Café Mama. I'm so glad you're here."
Donna Bruschi, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant