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4 Steps to Prepare for Breastfeeding Success

posted Sep 4, 2012, 6:50 AM by Heather Hawthorne   [ updated Sep 4, 2012, 6:51 AM ]

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Taking a few simple steps during pregnancy is a great way to smooth your transition to an enjoyable breastfeeding partnership with your baby. In the hours, days and weeks after birth you will at times feel tired, overwhelmed and inundated with advice!! Spend some time during your pregnancy to focus on creating the breastfeeding experience you want, put a few plans in place, and a few phone numbers on your bulletin board.

 

#1 - Learn More About the Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding provides the perfect food for your baby for many months, setting a firm foundation for lifelong health. We've all heard that breastfeeding is good, but specific information about the many benefits for mom and babe will inspire you through difficult moments. The links at the end of this article provide online information and book suggestions. When challenges arise you can remind yourself why you're doing this!

#2 - Get the Facts About Breastfeeding

The majority of breastfeeding difficulties arise and persist due to inaccurate information. The World Health Organization and the Canadian Pediatric Society both recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, with breastfeeding to continue for the first two years. Despite this many moms receive conflicting information about various aspects of breastfeeding. As you meet with "lactation experts", it's important to know who you're talking to, what qualifications they hold, and what services they're  able to offer you. When you are well informed with the facts you will be in a better position to evaluate information you are given.

#3 - Find Support That Aligns with Your Choices

A woman and her baby are in a very vulnerable place for many months after birth, and it is important to seek out people who will support your wishes. La Leche League is an international organization with many local chapters offering mom-to-mom support. La Leche League Leaders are volunteer mothers with personal breastfeeding experience and extra training in supporting other moms through any challenges that may arise. Attending at least one LLL meeting during pregnancy will allow you to figure out meeting times & locations and meet the leaders and other mothers. Having a Doula will help you with more than labor & delivery! Research shows that moms who receive Doula care have fewer breastfeeding difficulties, are more likely to be breastfeeding at 6 weeks postpartum, and are likely to breastfeed longer. Meet with a Doula early in your pregnancy to learn more about the benefits of this support! Homeopathic care is effective in a variety of breastfeeding problems that may arise. From mastitis to thrush and low milk supply, homeopathy is a safe and gentle medicine with no harmful side effects for mom or baby.

 

#4 - Join Us at Health Mamas!

Healthy Mamas is a great place to find supportive friendships and learn lots about the many wholistic health modalities in your community. Our gentle yoga class is a great time to reconnect with your body, and increase your energy to meet the demands of your busy days.

 

Resources:

La Leche League - Find a Group 

The Doula & The Breastfeeding Family
Doula Association of Edmonton   

Canadian Society of Homeopaths 

Alberta Independent Lactation Consultants   

Alberta Association of Midwives 

Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth   

World Health Organization Breastfeeding Recommendations   

Canadian Pediatric Society Breastfeeding Recommendations