Tips To Make Your Breastfeeding Journey A Breeze

Bringing a baby into this world is always a magical experience. And once they are safely in your arms, you have the responsibility to tend to all of their needs, especially if they are food related. Most experts recommend that babies exclusively drink breast milk until they at least reach 6 months old as the nutrients in breastmilk are crucial for their development and growth. Not to mention that the experience can help you feel connected to your baby like nothing else will. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with its set of complications. Breastfeeding isn’t always as smooth sailing as most women think. But that’s okay, we’re here to help and give you a few tips on how to make your breastfeeding journey feel like a breeze, for you and your baby. Read on to know more!

1. Learn Your Basics

Just like anything else, breastfeeding is a skill. Sure, women have been doing it since the beginning of time, but we assure you that everyone has a learning curve. So if you’d like to prepare beforehand, take a class. Taking a few prenatal breastfeeding classes, ideally around the beginning of your third trimester. There are many types of prenatal classes available, so be sure to ask your friends for recommendations and take your pick once you’ve scouted your options. Maybe you’d like to attend a large community class in person or maybe you’d prefer a one-on-one virtual class from the comfort of your living room. Whatever the case may be, the point is to pick up a few basics before the baby arrives. In addition to learning the basics of breastfeeding, a prenatal breastfeeding class will also teach you how to troubleshoot common issues which can come in handy. If possible, try to sign up your partner for the class as well. This way you can both ask important questions and stay on the same page when the baby faces issues in the future.

2. Communicate With Your Partner About Your Breastfeeding Goals

Communicate With Your Partner About Your Breastfeeding Goals

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Staying on the same page about breastfeeding might take more than just taking a class together. After each class, take some time to sit down and talk about what your breastfeeding goals look like. Try to be as logical and realistic as possible. The last thing you want to do is set yourself up for failure. Consider how night feedings will be managed if you want to exclusively breastfeed the baby. Also talk about when you want to introduce a bottle, when your partner is returning to work, who will wash the bottles/pump parts, who will make meals, and how you will both find time to rest. These things can change once the baby arrives, but it’s best to have a general idea of what your respective schedules will be in terms of feeding your baby.

3. Purchase ONLY The Essentials

Purchase ONLY The Essentials

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This is some good news for all expecting parents, breastfeeding is not expensive. So instead of splurging on every gadget you can find, opt for a few essentials that will make a big difference. If you are going to pump your milk, a high electric breast pump will do the job. The ideal time to order your pump is after you’ve taken your prenatal breastfeeding class, and before the baby arrives. Give yourself time to sanitize the parts, assemble it and familiarize yourself with how to operate it. This way, everything will be ready to go once the baby arrives. You’ll also want to get a couple of bottles with slow flow nipples when your partner is taking the night shift or if you’d like to give your nipples a break. Also consider getting a breastfeeding pillow, breastmilk storage bags and some nipple cream or hydrogel cream for your sore nipples. You can even set up a small breastfeeding station right next to your bed with your favorite snacks and a large water bottle so that you can stay hydrated while you nurse your baby.

4. Find Your Community

Find Your Community

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If there’s anything you need as a new mom it’s support, support, support. The first few weeks with a newborn can feel especially isolating and exhausting. But planning ahead will allow you to lean on others when you need them the most. Look for a breastfeeding support group in your community or join new parent groups online. You are not alone. Being a part of the community will help lower your anxiety and keep you calm through all the random baby scares.

Breastfeeding a baby isn’t always easy. But with a little bit of preparation and a few tips, you and your baby can have a great bonding experience. Happy breastfeeding!

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