The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding as your baby’s one source of nutrition for their first six months. They also recommend continuing breastfeeding until your baby is at least one year old. This is because breast milk has all the nutrition your baby needs, in the right proportions, in their first months of life.
1. Take a breastfeeding class.
A breastfeeding class will allow you to learn from breastfeeding professionals. Although breastfeeding may come naturally to a lot of new mothers it also poses several challenges to others. Challenges may include reduced milk supply, unsuccessful latching, and nipple pain. Breastfeeding basics are generally covered in a class and you have the opportunity to ask questions.
A hospital breastfeeding plan allows you to determine what you want to occur following the birth of your baby.
Request skin-to-skin time as soon as your baby is born
Request support from the hospital’s lactation consultant
Request that your baby rooms in with you so you can breastfeed more frequently
Request a breast pump from the hospital if you are unable to breastfeed your baby
3. Add breastfeeding essentials to your registry.
4. Get a breast pump.
Breast pumps are now covered by most health plans. You can request your breast pump before your baby is born. If you are not sure which breast pump is best for you compare the options that your health plan provides.
5. Breastfeeding stations.
Create comfortable areas throughout your home to breastfeed your baby. Incorporate your breastfeeding necessities.