Re: NIP Help :)
Welcome to the forum! And yes, it gets easier. Young babies are hard to nurse. because they aren't very strong and don't have a lot of muscle control, they need a lot of help with positioning. And they also take a really long time to feed. But as time goes on, babies get stronger and nurse faster, and nursing becomes much easier.
Couple of suggestions:
- Keep your diaper bag well-stuffed with an extra blanket or two, and use it as an on-the-go nursing pillow.
- Ditch the cover. Unless you are so modest that you can't stand to nurse without one, of course! Instead of using an unwieldy and hot cover, I suggest buying some nice nursing shirts with discreet access panels, or simply wear two layers: one you can pull up over one you can pull down. That way you can expose the bare minimum of flesh.
- Practice nursing in front of a mirror. That way you can get a sense of just how little you expose. It's usually a lot less than you fear!
- Tell your unsupportive family members to stick it where the sun doesn't shine. Formula wouldn't make your life any easier. Just imagine- you'd be sitting there trying to hold a squirming, hungry baby while simultaneously mixing a bottle, and then- whoops! Baby just dropped it on the filthy floor. Do have another in the diaper bag? No? Now what? Guess you'll have to rush home!
What I am trying to say is that milk in the breast is always clean, fresh, immediately available, and at the right temperature. It won't spoil in the heat and you can't drop it on the floor, and unlike a bottle, it will soothe even then crankiest, tiredest, most uncomfortable baby.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"