Perhaps the most telling thing about our media savvy culture for breastfeeding or chestfeeding now is the normalizing, documenting and sharing of this special bond via professional photography and social media.
Breastfeeding a new baby can be very uncomfortable for some. Just take a moment to think about it- a very tender area (your nipples) are all of a sudden getting constantly stimulated with yanking, pulling, and suckling! Sure, they will be sore and tender to the touch at first. However, it should never be painful. Pain is a sign that something is not quite right and should be checked out by a qualified lactation professional.
New parents are often concerned about many things, one of them being “is my baby getting enough to eat?” With breastfeeding, it can feel hard to tell since you cannot see how much your baby has eaten. Fortunately, there are a few other signs to tell if they’re receiving breast milk and if they’re getting enough to eat.
New mothers are usually wondering when their milk will “come in,” which is a valid concern. The great news? Your milk is always there! Breast milk merely begins to increase in volume with the growth and birth of your baby.