a breastfeeding strategy during your pregnancy.
Talk to your health professional early in your
prenatal care about your plans to breastfeed. During your first visit, you
will have a breast exam to detect any lumps or irregularities. If you have
inverted nipples, which fold inward instead of pointing out, your health
professional can suggest ways to prepare for
Arrange to attend a breastfeeding class and
possibly join a breastfeeding support group. These are offered at many
hospitals and birthing centers by midwives or breastfeeding (lactation)
consultants. Classes and support groups can help you anticipate and manage
breastfeeding difficulties should they arise.
Write down any
breastfeeding questions or concerns, and discuss them with your health
Purchase breastfeeding items, such as breast pads
and shields, bottles, nipple cream, nursing pillows, and burping pads. Also, rent or purchase a breast pump before you deliver. Having a breast
pump available after delivery may be helpful when your milk comes in.
Talk to friends and family members about your decision. Discuss
how their support in your efforts is important.
breastfeeding book for quick reference. Your health professional may have a
If you are planning on working away from your baby after a maternity
leave, look into accommodations for pumping. The ideal setup is a quiet,
private room where you can pump a couple of times a day. Some states mandate
that employers allow breaks and privacy for pumping. If you don't live in such
a state, talk to your human resources department about making arrangements that
work for both you and your employer.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology