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What do you tell a woman who is struggling to establish breastfeeding?

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Do you know what to tell a woman who really wants to breastfeed, but is struggling in the early days?

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I know it's challenging and sometimes downright painful, but be persistent. It will pay off. If you need support, get it. The Australian Breastfeeding Association has great information and practical support as well.
by Vee
Sometimes breastfeeding just doesn't work out, and that's okay. Your baby won't care. Do whatever works for your family. I hope it works out for you.
I'm really good at basic troubleshooting with the basics and often that's all women need, but if it's more complicated I refer them to the ABA. I know the phone number and all!
To be honest, I'm not quite sure .
I would answer any questions I can, refer her to the ABA for help and possibly offer to express if her bub needs more (though that window of opportunity will be closely soon).
I think I would suggest not to stress too much. Also to consult a lactation specialist if she has access to one. The best thing anyone ever told me was to "take it easy" and that "the worst that could happen was that the baby would feed through the bottle" and that was not too bad at all. That's all I needed to hear.
Maybe baby thinks that they can't manage all that meat without potatoes
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