After a rough start, Katy Ray established a successful nursing relationship with Sarah, sixteen months, who is still happily nursing away. She offered these tips to first-time breastfeeders in the Preparing to Breastfeed folder: Make a commitment The instinct to nurse is there when the baby is born, but not every baby and Mom are very good at it right away! It is a learning process. Abby and I went through two weeks of hell before we got it down, but I didn’t give up because I knew this was the best for her. So you’ve got to stick with it even when it seems like it is too hard to keep going.