8 Things Every Breastfeeding Mom Should Know Before Giving Birth

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

UPDATE: I've been breastfeeding my 3rd child for 11 months now. I thought this would be a perfect time to re-share this info for anyone planning on breastfeeding. :)

I am so happy that breastfeeding is going so well for my 2nd child  at 7-months-old. I know it can be strange & confusing for new moms, and there's a lot of inaccurate information out there. So, I compiled a list of things I think every mom who wants to breastfeed should know before giving birth. Please feel free to share this info with any new moms & moms-to-be :)

1. Allow your body to go into labor on it's own to greatly increase your chances for establishing successful breastfeeding. Among women giving birth for the first time, those whose labor was induced were twice as likely to have a C-section delivery as those who experienced spontaneous labor. Breastfeeding prevalence in the delivery room was significantly higher after vaginal delivery (71.5%) compared  to after cesarean delivery (3.5%).

2. Breastfeeding should begin within an hour of birth.

3. Have at least 1-2 nursing bras & nursing tanks ready in your hospital bag.

4. It's normal for latching on to hurt a little at first. This will last a few days, but will go away.

5. You only produce a small amount of milk in the first few days. This milk is called colosturm. It is only produced in small amounts because that is all your baby needs. He only has a very small tummy and only needs a small amount to fill it. This milk is rich in special goodies to help your baby's immune system and provides an excellent start in life. After around day 3 or 4 you gradually produce more milk and the production adapts to your baby's demands

6. Have a breast pump ready at home. When your milk comes in around day 2-3, you'll experience great relief from engorgement when you pump. Having a pump at home isn't an option, but a necessity.

7. Breastfeeding should be "on demand", as often as the child wants day and night.  In previous generations, babies were fed according to the clock, often every three or four hours. If they cried in between they were soothed, but not with food. The theory was that babies and mothers do better with a predictable routine. While that's certainly still true, modern child development theory is that babies should be given food whenever they're hungry, so they grow up secure in the knowledge that their most basic needs will be attended to. Bath time, bedtime, and other daily rituals work well if you set a routine, but a baby who wants food should be given it.

8. Bottles or pacifiers should be avoided for as long as possible to avoid nipple confusion.  Nipple confusion is a problem that arises when a breastfed baby is given an artificial (rubber or silicon) nipple and must try to learn to nurse both from his mother's breast and the bottle nipple. While seemingly similar, these two feeding methods require completely different mouth and tongue motions and swallowing skills.
What do you think of this list? Would you add as the #9 thing every breastfeeding mom should know before giving birth? Leave a comment.

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