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How can I prepare for breastfeeding my baby after childbirth?


Asked by kiansmom0423 at 5:14 PM on Nov. 12, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • Go to a breastfeeding classs. I hear theyre very helpful

    Answer by Steph319 at 5:22 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • i think that an important thing to do is get a support person who has breastfed. remember that while it seems like it should be the most natural thing in the world, sometimes breastfeeding does not come easily.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 5:23 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • take classes and u need someone to support u! oh and if u have any formula in the house have ur SO hide it so u wont want to use it at 3am when all u want to do is sleep and the baby wont latch right and u just want to quit! breast feeding is hard work but with a lot of support and good information u can do it!

    Answer by Caroline2010 at 6:18 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • the hospital usually has someone to help if you need it

    Answer by raisingmen at 6:50 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • i had a lactation consultant in the hospital. she was great. i thought i was prepared since i read ALOT on the subject before but when my son wouldnt latch on it was impossible without help. Also, your gunna need to buy a breast pump and if you have extra money a product called "My breast friend" it's awesome!

    Answer by Dynamight at 6:59 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • No preparation needed. They will show you proper technique once you deliver.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 7:21 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • Read up on different positions and how to make sure baby is correctly attached before you give birth so you have some idea of what to do and try.

    Ask for help after delivery if you need some extra support, but don't allow them to attach baby for you, they should be able to verbally tell you what to do because if they do it for you how can you learn to do it yourself??

    Seek out support from friends or family who have breastfed as they can really help, or seek out a specialist who can help.

    Also, don't think that breastfeeding is going to be easy, it is natural but can be quite difficult and can take up to 6 weeks to establish so don't give up and keep trying!

    Answer by MeAndLo at 5:07 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • You and the baby will know what to do, and if you run into problems then reach out to a specialist.

    Answer by older at 8:57 AM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Take some time to read up on it before hand. And have a pump (the kind depends on how much and how often you'll need to pump), so that daddy can help you get some extra hours of sleep on occasion. Then relax! And after you deliver, when the hospital lactation specialist comes to see if you have any questions, even if you don't think you do, ask her to watch you breastfeed and give you some tips. Once you get home from the hospital, keep at it. If things aren't going as you'd expected, call a local lactation clinic and set up a one-on-one advising session. It'll be worth every penny!

    Answer by Reenieredhead at 10:55 AM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • I did a lot of reading before the baby came! It will come to you if you! Just take your time!

    Answer by jem102675 at 8:50 PM on Nov. 14, 2010