But successful breastfeeding doesn't necessarily happen naturally. It's not always as simple as putting a lactating mother together with her hungry baby. You and your infant will need to learn comfortable positioning and an efficient latch-on technique, as well as how to feel relaxed and connected to one another during feedings. These skills will go a long way toward ensuring not only that your baby is well-fed, but that you both enjoy this experience.
William Sears, M.D., is a contributing editor of BabyTalk. Martha Sears, R.N., has been a lactation consultant for 14 years.