Here’s something very important to add to your pregnancy to-do list before your baby arrives: prepare yourself for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a natural process; after all, your body is made for it. Still, it is helpful to take the time to prepare for it before the busy time when baby arrives.
One of the most important things to remember about breastfeeding is that it’s okay to ask questions; in fact, we recommend it. The more you know, the better your experience will be.
Once you have decided to breastfeed, communicate this to our doctors, as well as on your birth plan. This is an important way to prepare yourself for breastfeeding. When we know your plans prior to your delivery, we can put your baby to your breast as soon as possible.
Ask our Round Rock obgyns or staff about the available breastfeeding classes. Taking a class makes most women feel more prepared and confident when they are ready to breastfeed.
This is important information to have while you prepare yourself for breastfeeding. In general, non-hormonal methods such as condoms, diaphragms and the copper IUD are safe, and some hormonal methods may also be used, but you need to discuss the various methods with your physician.
New mothers need support. Inform people who are closest to you about your desire to breastfeed your baby, and ask them to give you support while you are getting comfortable with your new role.
The final step to prepare yourself for breastfeeding is to purchase breastfeeding items before your baby arrives. It saves time and causes less stress. You will need supportive nursing bras, nursing pillows, breast pads and a breast pump. Many insurance plans will cover part or all of the cost of a breast pump.
Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do to get your baby off to a great start in life. Contact us for more information.