[ARTICLE] Essential Baby: January 11th 2017: The breastfeeding photo that says it all.

Amanda Bude, a midwife from Groovy Babies, says it’s common for women to feel elated when their baby finally starts feeding, especially if it doesn’t come easily at first.

“It’s like winning a gold medal!” she says – because establishing breastfeeding is often far more difficult than mums expect it to be.

Amanda says there are many factors that can contribute to these difficulties.

These include having a complicated delivery, past breastfeeding troubles, and a lack of support.

To combat breastfeeding issues, Amanda says education is key.

Before having your baby she recommends antenatal breastfeeding classes – both for yourself, and your partner.

She also advises seeking support through positive breastfeeding groups on social media, and joining groups such as the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

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