If you are an expecting or a new mom, learning how to breastfeed and how to prepare for breastfeeding are probably at the top of your overwhelming to-do list.
This is also why you are here, on this page, searching for answers. Welcome and thanks for joining us!
Breastfeeding a baby is a natural bodily function of a woman. There is not much that you need to do to get ready, so no reason to overwhelm yourself.
But there are some possible challenges along the way that are worth thinking through before the baby's arrival.
If your breastfeeding quest turns out especially difficult (like mine did), remember it only lasts a year or two. And at the end of it is a victory.
No matter what – you become a hero for your baby for giving him/her a part of your soul, heart and body through... breast milk.
With this in mind I put together a set of guidelines to ease your way through pre-breastfeeding stage and into a happy breastfeeding.
Ready!Set!Go! is a system that once helped me. I hope it will ease your nursing anxiety and show you how to prepare for breastfeeding and how to breastfeed.
A woman’s body starts getting ready for nursing during pregnancy. Little by little, step by step, hormonal and physiological build-up changes to accommodate breast milk production.
Breasts’ shape may be changing too to make more room for milk storage.
Milk production starts during the third trimester and there may actually be some discharge from the nipples prior to delivery.
There is not much more a woman needs to do to get her body ready for breastfeeding. What you can and should do is prepare yourself emotionally.
Breastfeeding success is only 50% about learning what breastfeeding is and how to breastfeed, another 50% is about emotional readiness and preparedness!
Do not let anyone persuade you that it is too much hassle and
work and not worth trying. So many mothers, so many lactation stories. You’ll
have your own.
If you are tempted to say no to breastfeeding, don't make this decision final just yet. Re-think and re-consider it once again after the delivery, when your colostrum comes in and you give your baby the breast for the first couple of times.
Delivery changes woman’s chemistry and hormonal build-up. Everything is viewed differently after the delivery and your first meeting with your baby. This is the moment to ask yourself again if you still think nursing is too much and not worth the trouble.
Going through the delivery is essential in making your breastfeeding choices. Also visit Breastfeeding Benefits for information on what nursing does for you and your baby.
Continue to How to Breastfeed: Set! (Part 2)