14 Jun How to Prepare for Breastfeeding Before your Baby Arrives
Hooray – you are pregnant, congratulations! There are so many things to prepare for baby’s arrival but one of the most important is to prepare yourself for breastfeeding. It is no longer necessary to rough up your nipples to prepare them for breastfeeding but it is a good idea to consult your doctor and get your breasts checked. Read on below now to see what steps to take to prepare both your mind and body for breastfeeding before your baby arrives.
Step Number One In Preparing For Breastfeeding
Talk to your gynaecologist about your breasts and nipples. Go on, check them out! Chatting to the professionals before your baby arrives can be a better time to discuss those nipple piercings you had in college (or still have) or that needle biopsy or that breast reduction surgery you had. Are your nipples flat or inverted? Have you experienced breast changes during your pregnancy? Not sure? Ask your healthcare provider for an evaluation of your breasts and nipples.
Shine a light on your ladies. Gaining info prepartum will allow you the time you may need to line up additional lactation support should your provider think it may be beneficial for you. Also let your gynae know about any medications you are on and your breastfeeding history (if you have one) to prevent any problems happening this time.
This chat can be used for you to be reassured about breastfeeding including encouraging early and frequent breastfeeding, avoiding supplementation and any issues that may arise in hospital.
Step Number Two In Preparing For Breastfeeding
Now that is the physical side taken care of let’s look at getting ready emotionally! Do some research – information is your friend when it comes to breastfeeding success :
- Ask other mums who have breastfed for their best advice – ask a new mom if you can watch her breastfeed
- Read up about breastfeeding
- Watch informative videos on how to best breastfeed your baby
- Plan for help – get support. Chat to a lactation specialist and get her on board to help you
- Stock up – get some easy to feed in pyjamas, a good nipple cream, and good feeding bras
- Choose a supportive paediatrician – who will be prepared to assist in promoting breastfeeding
- Get in touch with the Breastpumps + Beyond team and chat about all your concerns and queries
Above all, the time spent breastfeeding your baby is the best bonding experience – enjoy it!