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Even though breastfeeding is natural, that doesn’t mean it is easy. In fact, frustrations and difficulties are the norm rather than the exception. Up to 92 percent of breastfeeding mothers express concern during the first week of breastfeeding.

What you may not realize, is that in breastfeeding, timing is everything. Watching and waiting when things are not going well can actually set you up for failure. The first two weeks are the most critical and can determine your whole experience nursing.

There are three basic and essential components to successful nursing:

  1. You should have an ample milk supply.
  2. Your baby must want to go to your breast.
  3. Your baby must be able to transfer milk from your breast efficiently.

These three factors are intricately interlaced, with fulfillment of each dependent on the other two. For example, if your baby cannot properly transfer milk, he will take a long time to nurse and not fully empty your breasts, so your supply will dwindle. If you let your supply dwindle, then even if your baby is able to transfer milk, he will not get the reward of his efforts and will eventually learn to become frustrated at your breast.