This Pregnancy Guide offers information about breastfeeding that can help ease the learning process for both you and baby.
Many new mothers are concerned about how to feed their babies. Most people know that breastfeeding is the healthiest and optimal way to feed and nourish infants, but some mothers often have doubts and questions about how to make and maintain an adequate milk supply, how to breastfeed effectively and how to fit breastfeeding into their lifestyle.
The breastfeeding experience is usually enhanced by the guidance of a Lactation Consultant, a clinical expert, whose in-depth knowledge and hands-on assistance can be especially helpful.
Breastfeeding Support Groups
Visit local breastfeeding support groups, such as La Leche League while you are still pregnant to learn about normal mothering through breastfeeding. Get to know the lactation consultant who can be a valuable resource before and after your baby’s birth.
Stock up on nursing bras, tanks and a sling for babywearing.
Specify Breastfeeding in Birth Plan
Specify in your birth plan that you intend to avoid the use of artificial nipples and supplementary feeding unless medically necessary, after it is prescribed by your infant’s pediatrician and approved by you.
Healthy term infants can lose up to 7% of their body weight in the first week. If there is a concern, check with a lactation consultant regarding appropriate supplementation guidelines. Remember, “Nipple Confusion” is not confusion at all! Babies are not confused, in fact they are incredibly smart and talented. Infants may indicate a flow preference if they are offered bottles before breastfeeding is established.
Avoid Medical Interventions When Possible
Improve your odds for breastfeeding success by birthing with no or minimal interventions during labor and delivery unless medically indicated. Medications administered during labor and delivery are not necessarily a problem for all mothers and babies, however mothers who birth with minimal or no interventions appear have an easier time initiating and establishing breastfeeding.
Have Baby Skin to Skin as Much as Possible
Breastfeed as soon as possible after delivery and keep your baby skin-to skin with you as much as possible in the early weeks while you are establishing the breastfeeding relationship.
Roza Baghdassarian, MA, IBCLC is a mom and lactation consultant and has been working passionately with new moms and families for over 12 years. Employed as Lactation Consultant at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center’s Breastfeeding Center, she educates physicians and staff, teaches free prenatal breastfeeding classes and works inpatient with mothers and infants at bedside and in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Roza has a private practice office where she assists clients for nursing bra and sling fittings and schedules consults and home visits. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-913-2228 to schedule a bra fitting or consultation.