Breastfeeding Preparations: Tips and Guidelines
While breastfeeding is a completely natural process, it is not without its own troubles, discomforts, and complications. In order to avoid some of the common pitfalls and aggravations that some mothers face when they begin to breastfeed, here are some tips and guidelines that will assist you and enhance this experience for you and your baby.
Begin With Education
Educating yourself about breastfeeding is one of the best ways to prepare for your role as a breastfeeding mother. Sometimes it is hard for mothers to ask questions about this seemingly simple process, but difficulties with breastfeeding do arise.
New mothers usually have normal fears about breastfeeding such as: what if my baby has trouble feeding, am I able to produce enough milk for my baby, when should I start breastfeeding and how long should I breastfeed? Getting the answers to these questions ahead of time will assist mothers with their breastfeeding preparations.
Internet websites can provide plenty of information, and forums or chat-boards offer mothers the opportunity to talk with one another in a private setting so they can ask questions that they may not be comfortable asking in person. Breastfeeding hotlines can answer any questions you have as well, and classes are available that will give you the guidance that you may need to support your breastfeeding experience.
Gather The Supplies That You Will Need
To avoid rushing around with a new baby trying to find items to help with breastfeeding, purchase anything you may need beforehand. This includes a variety of comfortable nursing bras, light blankets to protect the baby when you need to nurse in public or outside, absorbable pads to fit inside your nursing bra, and any support for the baby if you want to walk around and nurse at the same time.
You may also need a milk pump, and a comfortable chair to nurse the baby in. Purchase soft wash clothes to gently wipe your breasts and your baby after nursing, and buy a moisturizer for your nipples, such as 100% lanolin, in case your nipples become dry.
Prepare A Private Breastfeeding Area
Babies, especially newborns, are sensitive and reactive to light and sound. In order to help your baby to breastfeed properly, particularly during the first few weeks, a quiet area needs to be provided for this time between you and your baby. Try to keep the lights low, soft music just for babies will lend a peaceful atmosphere and block out sudden sounds, and a comfortable chair will let your and your baby breastfeed in comfort for long periods of time.
Be Prepared For Some Frustrations And Trials
Breastfeeding is not the easiest thing in the world, despite the fact that it is a natural process. The first month of breastfeeding can be particularly challenging for new moms and their babies. Your breastfeeding experience may go by without any troubles at all, but if troubles do occur have some resource set up ahead of time in case you have problems. Perhaps there is another woman in your family you can talk to, or a friend, or your doctor; keep their number nearby so you can talk if you have any questions, fears, or troubles.