Get Ready for Breastfeeding (or Get Help Now!)

Getting a great start with Breastfeeding! (also known as “Breastfeeding 101”)

 First and foremost, combat misinformation! For more evidence-based breastfeeding information please go to and

and check out this great article "5 Dangerous Myths That Can Sabotage Your Breastfeeding Relationship"

The info on this page covers the normal course of breastfeeding

in the first few weeks. If you are having any breastfeeding problems,
or if you want information before having your baby please 
contact a breastfeeding support person near you.

  • Get support - Pain, sores, or a baby that “doesn’t want to breastfeed” are often thought of as normal, but are signs of a problem.   A wonderful source of support is La Leche League International (LLLI) ( - LLL Leaders are available to help by phone or email, and run monthly support group meetings.  Another excellent source for breastfeeding education, support and troubleshooting is through private in-home consultations with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  As part of your healthcare team, IBCLCs offer pre- and post-natal visits, and are covered by most insurance policies.  You can find many IBCLCs in your area through 

  • Use a more comfortable position - The most commonly taught positions - cradle and football holds - are helpful, but many find them challenging in the early days of parenting.  Instead, start with the “training wheels” ­of breastfeeding - Laid Back Nursing.  It’s comfortable for you and your baby, and no special pillows are needed.  For more information, watch this video -­ (if you have trouble you can find the individual clips that make up the whole video on Nancy Mohrbacher's YouTube channel)) and read this article entitled “Many Moms May Have Been Taught to Breastfeed Incorrectly” ­  

  • Know if your baby is drinking enough -  In the first few days of breastfeeding, your body makes the perfect food for your baby’s tiny tummy - colostrum.  This “supermilk” is densely packed with nutrients and antibodies and acts as your baby’s first immune system.  Because baby’s tummies so small, they need constant refilling.  This means it’s normal for babies to feed very often.  Frequent effective feedings (see step 3) are good for your supply, help avoid engorgement, and promote your baby’s growth and breastfeeding skills.  Counting diapers and tracking weight gain are great ways to help you feel confident that your baby is getting enough.  There’s no need to worry about how much milk goes in, when you can see what’s coming out!  A handy one-page resource for counting diapers and tracking baby’s growth in the first few weeks can be found here

  • Engorgement help -  Overly full breasts are very uncomfortable.  Ideally, if breastfeeding is going well (see steps 3 and 4), engorgement may never occur.  In fact, it’s more likely to happen if you have had IV fluids during labor and/or if your baby is not nursing effectively.  For relief from engorgement, breast massage and hand expression is wonderful.  Learn more about this incredibly valuable skill with this video -  And, see this article for even more engorgement relief ideas -

  •  If latch, supply, and baby’s growth are all going well, it is not necessary to pump unless you need extra milk for your stash or if you are feeling engorged.  In fact, pumping can sometimes make breastfeeding harder when it’s not needed - it’s one more thing to do, it can interrupt the flow of your supply, and it can cause you to worry about your supply if you see less milk than you think you should get.  Please know that, just like breastfeeding, pumping is a learned art.  The amount of milk you get may not related to your supply, but might be related to the settings on your pump, how the flanges fit, and more.  A visit with an IBCLC is a wonderful way to learn how to best use your pump, for planing how best to get the extra milk for your stash, returning to work, and more.

Happy Breastfeeding from La Leche League of Princeton!   More help can be found at on other tabs on this site.  If you have questions, or would like to make an appointment, please contact Leslie at 609275-4644, by email at, or through the La Leche League of Mercer County Facebook page.   You can also search for an IBCLC in your area through or


  1. I just wanted to say that you guys make a great work! I hope many moms out there get encouraged to breastfeed. I am a mom who loved to breastfeed. But after 6 month my milk supply went down and I had to supplement with formula. An organic one of cause. I am glad, that these formulas exist, but I see them as a supplement, not as the first choice nutrition. I hope more and more women will think of breastfeeding as the first choice.

    Greetings, Breeze

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