It is important to know how to prepare for breastfeeding while you are expecting. This allows for both you and your baby to have a healthy start to your bond and will also help you get through this new experience smoothly and with knowledge. How can you get prepared for breastfeeding? Here are some ways in which you can try getting ready in advance.
Get your breastfeeding essentials
One of the main things that you can do would be to try and get all the breastfeeding essentials that you need. This would usually include things like;
- Nursing bras – a must for convenient nursing, especially in public.
- Nursing shirts – nice to have, but a loose shirt that can be pulled up, or a blouse with buttons work fine too.
- Breast pads – to absorb leaking breast milk and help protect sore nipples.
- Nipple Cream – helps to relieve sore nipples during the first few weeks.
- Breastfeeding pillow – a special pillow to help keep your newborn positioned properly.
- Breast pump – especially if you are planning to return to work.
Making the right space for breastfeeding
In your home pick a place for you to nest. Yes, this means that you and your baby need to have a special “you” nook in your home anywhere that you feel is the best and the most comfortable. You should always try and have everything that you will need at hand in this space such as your breastfeeding pillows, even a book or two for you to read and maybe some water and the likes. This will make life easier for you because you can relax while you are feeding your baby.
Get the right information about breastfeeding
One of the best things that you could do if you are having any concerns with your ability to breastfeed is to speak with other moms who are currently breastfeeding or have done so in the past. Your family, parents, siblings and friends would be the best and most reliable sources to go to. They would be able to guide you on any questions that you may have and they will also be able to make sure that your fears and trepidation will be alleviated. If you really have nobody to speak to and get advice from, ask your doctor and don’t feel like you are asking something silly. They will be more than happy to help.
Leading up to the last 6 weeks of pregnancy, start massaging your breasts so that you help the ducts get cleared. Using a nipple shell draw out your nipples if they appear to be flat or inverted. Always get the right advise beforehand and make sure that you speak to your lactation consultant for best results.
Remember that just like anything else you will need to learn what method works the best for you with breastfeeding. This will also depend greatly upon your baby’s needs, so don’t stress too much and enjoy this time of your life.