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 breast pumps.
If you plan on pumping, begin researching breast pumps 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.