Preparing For Breastfeeding While Pregnant

September 19, 2012
Preparing For Breastfeeding While Pregnant

When you’re pregnant, you eagerly await the birth of your little one and get used to a fair amount of uncertainty. But, we have good news. You don’t have to wait to prepare for breastfeeding. You can start preparing to breastfeed throughout your entire pregnancy. Follow these tips and you’ll feel more confident about breastfeeding and more able to enjoy the incredible bond it creates.

Develop a breastfeeding support system.
Not only is it important to begin learning about breastfeeding, but it’s also beneficial for your friends and family to understand the benefits and demands of breastfeeding. If they share the same knowledge as you, they’ll be able to provide the most valuable breastfeeding advice and support.

Talk to your hospital or healthcare professional about your desires to breastfeed.
A supportive hospital can make a huge difference in your breastfeeding success. So, talk with whomever will be delivering your baby about your desires to breastfeed. Ask questions like these:

  • Is there a Lactation Consultant on staff I can work with before and after delivery?
  • What can be done to support breastfeeding if I need to be separated from my baby immediately after delivery?

Learn about breastpumps.
If you plan on pumping, begin researching breastpumps and other breastfeeding supplies. Consider factors like your need for mobile pumping, how often you plan on pumping, and your need for portable options. We offer a “Breastfeeding Personality Quiz” to help determine which Medela pump best fits your needs. Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Lactation Consultant for additional guidance.

Consider a breastfeeding class.
Breastfeeding classes are offered for expectant moms, too. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with the basic techniques and get to know a Lactation Consultant or other breastfeeding professional before your baby comes. It’s also a great place to ask any breastfeeding questions you may have. All moms have breastfeeding questions, so never hesitate to speak up when you have concerns.

Moms, how did you prepare for breastfeeding while you were pregnant? Share your tips in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Preparing For Breastfeeding While Pregnant

  1. I am currently 15 weeks pregnant and nursing my 9 month old. But my milk supply is basically gone. I’ve been trying to drink a lot of water and raspberry tea, I take Funugreek tablets 3-4 times a day, and I pump whenever I can…but I’m still not producing enough for my nursing baby! I’ve been doing this for over 2 weeks now and last night, 4 hours after my daughter last nursed, I pumped for 15 min and only got 1/4 oz. Is there anything else I can try??

  2. I am currently 2 weeks away from delivering my twin boys, but I have successfully breastfed both my two older children who are 3 years old and 18 months old. I started searching the internet for reliable books on breastfeeding. The Le Leche League website recommended a couple books which I checked out from my local library ( they also sell it on their website).

    • Hi Jovielyn, congratulations! What an exciting time. If you’d like to read more, you can read tips straight from a mom of twins here >> http://bit.ly/1k82lCe. Thanks for sharing + feel free to reach out if you have any questions, we’re happy to help – Kathy

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