Even after having had two babies I still feel like some preparation must be done for breastfeeding your new baby.
Is this your first baby?
Breastfeeding can definitely bring a new set of challenges with each birth.
With our first baby I had trouble building supply and met with countless lactation specialists before the problem was solved.
Severe jaundice made it so our second baby couldn’t stay awake to nurse and had to be supplemented with formula to stay healthy for the first few weeks.
Both my second and third baby rejected my right breast for some reason and I had to nurse them and pump from one side exclusively. That was a journey!
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Although some of these situations are out of your control there are plenty of ways you can prepare for your breastfeeding journey.
If you plan on nursing check out some of my nursing prep secrets below to make it easier. You may even find ways to save some money on costly baby expenses too!
How do I prepare for breastfeeding my baby?
Prepare a Comfy Space to Nurse Anywhere
Comfort is so important when nursing and you may want to prepare by setting up a quiet rocking corner in your room or nursery, getting a nursing pillow, or finding the perfect chair.
I work from home full time as a blogger, so I needed to get a comfy desk chair with arms for my second baby. This made it easy for me to nurse during working hours.
Coming Up With a Nursing Plan That Works for You
Do you plan on returning to work? Will you be staying at home with your baby? Either way it’s good to have a nursing plan.
You may need to arrange a plan with your boss for taking breaks to pump at work. If you are staying at home you might want to come up with a good pumping/storage routine, so you have supply stocked up for your spouse to help with feeding or a well deserved date night.
Make sure to put yourself first every once in a while for some “me time”. Breastfeeding can be exhausting and you will need a mental health break.
Will you need a breast pump? You may be able to get one free!
Getting a breast pump before the baby comes might make your breastfeeding that much more successful.
Having a quality pump from day one will allow you to start pumping and building up your supply for a return to work or help from family members.
I was lucky to find Aeroflow, who helped me qualify for a free Medela breast pump and supplies right after the birth of my last baby. This was a tremendous help to my family and I. Having a breast pump and storage supplies allowed me to be successful at breastfeeding my baby for the first 2 years.
Visit Aeroflow to see if you qualify for a free breast pump!
Let Hospital Staff and Family Know Your Wishes
Do you plan on supplementing with formula? Using a pacifier? Exclusively breastfeeding?
Depending on where you live hospital staff might follow different guidelines on baby care after delivery. If you don’t want them feeding your newborn formula or giving them a pacifier be sure to let hospital staff know.
A well intentioned family member also may try to give your baby a pacifier or formula to help you out.
It’s nice to make sure everyone is on the same page with your wishes beforehand. This is your baby and it is your choice whether or not you want them exclusively breastfed or to use a pacifier.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask For Help
Breastfeeding can be hard and different challenges can arise with different babies. You may be having trouble with latching or finding a good hold.
When you’re at the hospital their are lactation specialists on hand to help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’ve had different issues with both of my babies and was able to get a solution both time from the lactation specialists at the hospital.
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Breastfeeding Might Be Uncomfortable or Painful
You can definitely prepare for the pain accompanied with breastfeeding by purchasing a good nipple cream and applying it in the weeks before your birth.
Working with the lactation specialist can also help you with avoiding any discomfort. Often times the latch or the way your baby is sucking can cause pain, but the specialists at the hospital can help you and your baby find a comfortable way to nurse!
How are you preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy? I would love to here your tips and thoughts in the comments below!
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