We often get comments from moms saying they wish they knew how to prepare for breastfeeding and what to expect before they had their baby. That could have helped them achieve an optimum breastfeeding experience. They expected that their midwives would help them out whereas not every hospital is baby-friendly and not every health care practitioner has gotten the extra training on breastfeeding. So you as a mother must have the right knowledge to confidently prepare and go on your breastfeeding journey.
Now, the question is, can you prepare for breastfeeding? Some moms believe that you don’t need to. As soon as you deliver your baby, breast milk will start coming out and your baby will have all she needs.
Unfortunately, this is mostly not true. From low milk supply to giving birth prematurely, to Caesarian sections, to Mastitis, tongue and lip tie, flat or inverted nipples, etc, all these can cause a hindrance to successful breastfeeding experience.
The following tips can help you prepare for breastfeeding:
- Always pay attention to your breasts
You need to monitor if they are increasing in size or not, you need to see the areola get darker. Your nipple should get bigger with some roughness to it. If you don’t notice any of this, please reach out to a lactation consultant before you give birth
2. Check the anatomy of your breasts
You need to know the anatomy of both breasts before your baby comes. Your nipples can either be protruded, flat, or inverted. Sometimes, the anatomy of each breast can be different from each other. Flat and inverted nipples may require a little intervention to be able to achieve a seamless breastfeeding experience.
3. Learn about breastfeeding
How much knowledge do you have about breastfeeding? Or are you just basing your knowledge on what you’ve been hearing from other moms? You need to be equipped with the right form of knowledge to be able to go on that journey. I always recommend you attend a breastfeeding class because you need an expert to explain everything you need to know before the baby comes.
4. Gather your breastfeeding team
You need people that will support you. It can be your friends, other pregnant or nursing moms, and most especially, a lactation consultant. So that you can always have someone to talk to whenever you have an issue.
5. Take your lactation products religiously
Whether you are going to have a low milk supply or not, you need to at least have your lactation products in your hospital bag. We recommend you take the Milkbooster lactation products from 36th weeks of pregnancy up until the time your milk supply is maintained. Click here to order from anywhere in the world.
In conclusion, breastfeeding for the first few weeks can be a struggle, but with the right form of preparation, knowledge, and the right team by your side, you’ll find out that it’s very easy and producing liquid gold for your baby can be enjoyed and free of stress.