Guest Post: 3 Breastfeeding Questions to Answer While You’re Still Pregnant
Posted Mar 31 2011 12:00am
There’s no shortage to tasks that need accomplishing to prepare for a new baby when you’re pregnant. Breastfeeding preparation can get pushed aside as seemingly unneccessary as a priority (it comes natural, right?) but doing so can harm your chances of sticking with one the most important decisions you can make for your child. As the long used adage goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. Be ready to breastfeed by answering (and acting upon the answers) of the following breastfeeding questions, and breathe a sigh of relief about getting some very big steps out of the way for preparing for your baby.
Do you have a breastfeeding support system? Does your doctor or midwife know that you plan to breastfeed? If you have a doula, do they know as well? Have you found a lactation consultant? This is seems strange to women that are new moms, having never breastfed, but you’ll need the support and guidance as you and your baby learn how to breastfeed. Additionally, if you encounter negative influences from often well-meaning third parties, such as the mother that never breastfed or the doctor that hasn’t researched the superiority of breastfeeding to formula, then you may decide not to breastfeed if it becomes difficult at any time.
How long will you be committed to breastfeeding? While a one-year minimum is suggested by health organizations, natural weaning into the toddler years is recommended. Yet, some people say to try it out the first few weeks or months and that’s enough. While it is true that some breastmilk for your baby is better than none, knowing what your personal commitment is important to keep you persistent through any difficulties and to help you make decisions about what is right for your baby.
Do you have your facts straight on breastfeeding? Are you familiar with the supply and demand factors of milk supply? Do you know what sustances like foods and medications must be avoided and which are safe? Speak with a lactation consultant or any other knowledgeable breastfeeding expert to make sure you have a solid foundation of facts. This will prove especially useful if/when you encounte breastfeeding critics as it will keep you from wavering in your breastfeeding commitment.
Jessie Haynes is a mom and a blogger. She created http://pregnancy-pampering.com to share health, beauty and shopping tips with pregnant women that want to feel great and be healthy during their special time with their babies. She will be offering a free report about alleviating common pregnancy pains on her blog in addition to a month-by-month guide to pregnancy.