START to Get Ready for Breastfeeding

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Breastfeeding is a great way to give your baby the nutrients he or she needs to grow and develop. Breastfeeding also can help you and your baby form a special bond. Breastfeeding can be good for both of you if you know where to S-T-A-R-T.

  • Seek Out Information
    Your body knows how to prepare itself for breastfeeding. But you may feel more confident about breastfeeding if you know some breastfeeding basics, like how often to feed your baby and how to tell if your baby is getting enough to eat. Breastfeeding classes may be offered at your local hospital, WIC clinic, or doctor’s office. Lots of good information about breastfeeding also is available online.

     

  • Trust Your Body
    You may wonder whether you will make enough milk or if your milk will be what your baby needs. These are important (and normal) questions to ask. Learn to trust your body. Trust that it will make just the right amount and the right kind of milk for your baby to grow. Talk with your healthcare provider or a  Certified Lactation Consultant Exit disclaimer(breastfeeding expert) about other questions you have.

     

  • Ask Other Moms
    Many women find that being part of a group of other breastfeeding moms gives them the support they need to work through any issues they have with breastfeeding. Your local hospital or healthcare provider may have information on support groups in your area. Or try an online group like The Leaky Boob.Exit disclaimer

     

  • Reach Out for Support
    It’s great to have the support of other breastfeeding moms. Getting the support of your partner and family members can be important too. If they have questions about breastfeeding, share with them the resources you have found helpful. Talk with them about how they can be involved with your baby, such as at bath time, playing games like peek-a-boo, and changing diapers. Let them know what kind of help you need.

     

  • Take Charge of Your Return-to-Work Plan
    Many moms return to work after their baby is born. No matter how you feed your baby, going back to work can be tough. Talking with your supervisor or human resources manager before you plan to return to work can help. If you are breastfeeding, find out if there is a room at your job site where you can pump, ask about taking breaks for pumping, and ask other questions you might have that will help you stick with breastfeeding when you return to your job. The law requires most businesses to support you.



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