When I first became a mother, I knew I wanted to exclusively nurse my child. I envisioned myself with the baby, snuggling and bonding while he nursed. But what I did not anticipate is how difficult it would be for him to even latch on. I figured it would come naturally and that it was instinct for them to be able to latch on and nurse. Yet, here I was four days postpartum and struggling to get the little guy to get enough milk (see blog for lactation cookies that work, here). I had family visiting, my hormones were all over the place, I was barely producing enough milk, and on top of all that I was starting to get neck and upper back pain from being hunched over and attempting to feed my baby. I couldn't control all of those things, but what I could have controlled is my posture. I could have set myself up in a better position so both baby and I didn't have to struggle each time I tried to nurse him. Had I only known what I know now! (Needless to say with baby number 2 I was much more prepared and prepared my nursing station in advance).
Setting up my nursing station with baby number 2 helped me from having to get up multiple times to get things that I needed, put me in a better position to feed my baby and not have achy muscles, relieved the stress I felt with my first baby and he ended up nursing like a champ despite having a bit of a tongue tie!
Check out this video to learn on how you can set yourself up for success.