5 ways to prepare yourself for breastfeeding
Here’s something very important to add to your pregnancy to-do list before your baby arrives: prepare yourself for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a natural process that you and your baby will benefit from. Still, it is helpful to take the time to prepare for it before the busy time when the baby arrives.
One of the most important things to remember about breastfeeding is that it’s okay to ask questions; in fact, we recommend it. The more you know, the better your experience will be. Our Women’s Health Texas ObGyns offers these tips to prepare yourself for breastfeeding:
Talk with your Women’s Health Texas ObGyn.
Once you have decided to breastfeed, communicate this to our doctors, as well as on your birth plan. This is an important way to prepare yourself for breastfeeding. When we know your plans prior to your delivery, we can put your baby to your breast as soon as possible.
Consider taking a breastfeeding class before you give birth.
As your provider, or a staff team member about the available breastfeeding classes at your location, or if they have any referrals for local classes with a certified professional. Taking a class makes most women feel more prepared and confident when they are ready to breastfeed. You may also meet other mothers that may share their previous experiences that you can benefit from.
Talk to your physician about which birth control methods you can safely use while breastfeeding.
This is important information to have while you prepare yourself for breastfeeding. In general, non-hormonal methods such as condoms, diaphragms and the copper IUD are safe, and some hormonal methods may also be used, but you need to discuss the various methods with your physician.
Enlist the support of your partner, family members, and friends.
New mothers need support. Inform people who are closest to you about your desire to breastfeed your baby, and ask them to give you support while you are getting comfortable with your new role.
Purchase the items you will need when you begin breastfeeding.
The final step to prepare yourself for breastfeeding is to purchase breastfeeding items before your baby arrives. It saves time and causes less stress. You will need supportive nursing bras, nursing pillows, breast pads, and a breast pump. Many insurance plans will cover part or all of the cost of a breast pump.
Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do to get your baby off to a great start in life and we are here to support you. Contact us for more information.