Breastfeeding challenges

Essential information to remember

Teaming up with the other parent or someone close to you can be a big help.

Photo: Jean-Claude Mercier

Giving birth and caring for a baby can be one of the most intense experiences you’ll ever have.

In the first few weeks, fatigue and hormonal changes can sometimes lead to tears. Likewise, breastfeeding challenges can also bring along their share of emotions.

Learning how to nurse your baby takes practice. Early on, it’s normal to feel awkward and experience some discomfort. As the days go by, you and your baby will figure it out together, and breastfeeding will go more smoothly. The adjustment period can take up to six weeks, so give yourself some time, go easy on yourself, and don’t be afraid to talk about it.