Preparing for Breastfeeding During Your Pregnancy
Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby and one of the healthiest choices you can make for her or him. Your body is preparing itself to feed your baby throughout your pregnancy whether you actively do anything to promote it or not. If you want to get a good start on providing the healthiest diet for your baby, though, there are things you can do during your pregnancy to help prepare for a good breastfeeding experience.
One of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby is to learn as much as you can about breastfeeding your baby before your baby is born. There are lots of books you can read about the subject. Many clinics, hospitals and health care centers offer breastfeeding classes to introduce you to the idea and give you information about how to establish a good breastfeeding relationship with your baby.
Set Up a Support System
If there's a La Leche League group meeting near you, attend a few meetings during your pregnancy to meet other women who believe breastfeeding is the best way to feed their babies. It's a chance to establish relationships with women who are experienced at nursing their babies and build a support and knowledge group you can call on if you have difficulties. You'll also get more comfortable with the idea of nursing, which will make it easier for you to breastfeed when it's time.
Ignore Bad Advice
There are a couple of pieces of well-meant but very wrong advice often given to women who plan to breastfeed. First, you do not need to "toughen" your nipples, no matter who tells you that you do. Your body will take care of that with natural hormonal changes. Don't rub or scrub your nipples to make them tougher - it will most likely backfire and leave you with tender, sore nipples that make it harder for you to nurse your baby. Second, don't keep a couple of cans of formula on hand "just in case." Having formula in the house will tempt you to use it when it seems the baby isn't getting enough breast milk. That's a self-defeating strategy - your body will increase its production of milk when the baby demands more by nursing more. If you let the baby fill up on formula, it will disturb the symbiotic balance between your baby's needs and your milk supply.
There are a few accessories and wardrobe additions that will make breastfeeding far easier and more comfortable, and you can pick them up during your pregnancy. Nursing bras are designed to allow you to nurse your baby without removing your bra, which can be a blessing when your baby wants to nurse while you're away from home. There are also blouses and dresses designed to allow discreet breastfeeding. You might also want to buy an inexpensive breast pump to have on hand.
Your pregnancy is a good time to start learning about breastfeeding and get excited about the idea. The more you learn before your baby is born, the easier it will be to establish a good breastfeeding relationship with your newborn.
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