Question: Breastfeeding is hard and I’m exhausted. When will it get easier?
Answer: Breastfeeding, like any new skill, takes time to learn and master. This is true for you and for your baby. Most moms report that it takes about 3-4 weeks to truly feel like they know what they are doing. In fact, studies show that the “learning curve” for breastfeeding is about 4 weeks and that moms who are breastfeeding actually get more sleep during the 1st year when compared to moms who are bottle-feeding. This may not seem possible in the early days, but hang in there. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and reach out to other moms who have traveled this road ahead of you. Find a breastfeeding support group like Baby Cafe and stay in touch with your lactation consultant. You are not alone in this journey. Good Luck!