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Preparation during pregnancy is the key

Charting Your Breastfeeding Journey


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Preparation during pregnancy is the key

For some women, breastfeeding happens easily and without fuss. For others it can be a process of patience and persistence, with the need for lots of support. Spending the first few days of your baby's life with skin-on-skin contact in a quiet environment helps you and your baby forge a unique connection and create a positive breastfeeding relationship. There are also a few things you can do even before birth to facilitate successful breastfeeding:

Prepare, Inform, Explore

Studies show that learning about breastfeeding before your baby is born makes it easier to establish a successful breastfeeding journey. It's easier to absorb this information during pregnancy, and will give you greater confidence once your baby arrives. The result is you will both be less likely to experience difficulties feeding and more likely to enjoy breastfeeding for longer. Some options for breastfeeding education during pregnancy include:

  • Antenatal breastfeeding classes at your hospital
  • Private sessions
  • Many great books, DVDs and websites

Similarly, ensure that you are familiar with local and national support resources that you can utliise if you experience any challenges after birth, including:

Also watching other women breastfeed, asking questions and normalising breastfeeding can also make a difference in helping you feel prepared.

Choose a ‘Breastfeeding Friendly’ Place For Your Birth

Discuss breastfeeding with your midwife and/or obstetrician well ahead of time. If you are planning to have your baby in a hospital, make sure that “rooming in” is the standard. This means that baby will be by your side 24 hours a day unless medically indicated. Plan and prepare for a natural and ideally unmedicated birth so that the natural process is not disturbed. This further improves the odds for a successful breastfeeding journey. Mention in your birth plan that nothing other than your own breast milk should be given to your baby unless medically indicated.

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