Are you pregnant and thinking that you would like to breastfeed your baby? You’re not alone, 96% of Australian women leave hospital breastfeeding and why not? Its cheaper than buying formula, full of goodies especially tailored for your baby, helps you bond with your baby and can help your body recover after birth. Most pregnant women intend to breastfeed for at least some time once their baby is born.
So are you ready? Have you read all the books, attended all the classes, joined all the online chat groups? Probably not! Most of us are so busy dealing with pregnancy and preparations for birth that breastfeeding and the postnatal period get relegated to an afterthought. Maybe you’ve picked up a book on breastfeeding, skimmed a few pages and decided it can wait for another day, if this sounds familiar you are not alone. Breastfeeding may be something you would like to do but you may not be interested to spend hours researching and learning as much as you can about it, so what’s the big deal?
Perhaps you have heard the old adage, that ‘breastfeeding while natural is a learnt skill’. It is not just you that will have to learn it, your baby is going to need your help to learn how to attach and position themselves correctly so they can easily get the milk they need to thrive. In the past we learnt from our mothers, sisters aunties and cousins just by being around women having babies but these days some new mums may not have even held a baby for many years. It can be really helpful to try and find out the truth about breastfeeding so you don’t get caught out unexpectedly when it turns out things aren’t quite as easy as you thought they might be. Living with a new baby and recovering from birth are hard enough so why be burdened with breastfeeding questions? Here are five simple things that you need to know about breastfeeding before your baby arrives that should help you in those early days as a new mum.
Part 2 coming soon
Hello, my name is Celeste. I am a postnatal doula, a breastfeeding counselor and a mother.