There are so many things to think about when preparing for your little ones arrival, we sometimes for get to prepare for what comes next. If you are planning on breastfeeding, it is important to prepare yourself baby's arrival. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for breastfeeding success:
1- Get Educated- If you are new to breastfeeding it is important to learn as much as you can! Talk to breastfeeding moms, attend a breastfeeding class, check out sites like The Leaky Boob and Kelly Mom, or find some great books to help prepare yourself.
2- Get a Support System- Talk to your partner and be sure you are on the same page about breastfeeding. Find a group of moms you can discuss your successes and frustrations with and who can encourage you when your feeling defeated.
3- Get Comfortable- For the first few weeks, it may seem that all you do is feed your newborn. Find a calm quiet place you can be comfortable while you get things figured out. Put together a basket that has everything you may need or want while you are nursing: snacks, water, burp clothes, nursing pads, etc. so you don't get stuck.
4- Get Supplies- Invest in a good nursing bra that is comfortable. You will also want a small supply of breastpads (we recommend Bamboobies reusable nursing pads) and some nipple cream to help with sore nipples. A nursing tank, like Undercover Mama is great to keep your back, sides and belly covered while you nurse your baby.
5- Get Help- In an ideal world, breastfeeding would come easy for all of us. But just in case it doesn't click right away, make sure you have resources on hand should you need help. Getting help early on can make all the difference for breastfeeding success. You can ask your OB/GYN, the hospital, your local La Leche League or visit the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).