START to Get Ready for Breastfeeding

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thinking -About -Breastfeeding --START

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 (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.

Related Articles

African American Woman Looking at Her Baby

Your Post-Baby Body

22 April, 2013

Your body undergoes a lot of changes during pregnancy, and some women experience some surprises after pregnancy.

Read full story: Your Post-Baby Body >>

Women and infant playing with blocks

You Time, the Smokefree Way

25 November, 2012

New parents often are surprised to learn

Read full story: You Time, the Smokefree Way >>

Female holding infant

6 Benefits of Breastfeeding

25 November, 2012

Breastfeeding is good for your baby and for you

Read full story: 6 Benefits of Breastfeeding >>

Nourish -Your -Body -Nourish -Your -Baby

Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Baby

27 June, 2013

Eating well when you are breastfeeding is good for you and good for your baby. Check out these tips on how to care for your body and your baby while breastfeeding.

Read full story: Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Baby >>

we are strong enough to quit

Quit Guide

From those of us at Smokefree Women…Congratulations! You are taking the first step towards a healthier, new lifestyle.

Start Today
Woman looking at her cell phone

Having a Baby?

SmokefreeMOM is a text messaging program that provides quitting tips and encouragement.

Smiling woman holding her hand under her chin
Sign Up

Our Tools

The Smokefree Women Web site includes a variety of interactive tools to help you quit smoking.