You are pregnant and you are getting ready to for your babies’ arrival. You have lists, books and advice from those around you and it may seem overwhelming. To help you prepare for breastfeeding the best thing to do is, to do that. Prepare.
Go in with a clear and open mind. Have no worries, mothers have been doing this for hundreds of years. When you are learning about the process, take mental notes and accept the information with an open heart. There will be a lot of critics and judgments on who, what, where, when and how of breastfeeding. Go with what you are most comfortable with. It is important you do what you personally feel is best. Always trust your first instinct.
Once you have made your decisions on the processes and what you want to do, don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is a good idea to always have a paper and pen near you at all times. This is great for when that question pops into your head in the middle of dish washing. Keep that list and write down your thoughts about each question. When you seek advice, ask those you trust the most and that you are comfortable with. Try speaking with your doctor, your mother, friends or any other nursing mothers that you trust. Their personal experiences and advice can help you in your breastfeeding journal.
Supplies. There is not much you need to purchase but there are a few items that will help you during this time. Look at comfortable nursing bras, a good breast pump, and a comfortable chair for nursing, ice packs, reliable breast pads and nursing blankets. You may want to consider asking friends what ointments they use to help with sore nipples.
There is not a lot that you can do to prepare physically for breastfeeding. Learn the science behind the act by reading books and attending nursing courses. Knowing how your body works will help you when the time comes to nurse.
Breastfeeding is a wonderful and great experience for you and your child. There will be lots of bonding and building between the two of you. Purchase your supplies, ask questions, learn and keep an open mind; breastfeeding will become natural to you before you know it!