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Breastfeeding is a world that a pregnant woman has to discover little by little when she holds her baby in her arms. Although we believe that it is something given by nature, it does not hurt to prepare in advance, at least to know what will happen when we are before that unique and incomparable moment in which we create a bond with our baby while we feed him with our own Body. These are the four tips you can follow if you want to prepair you for the time of breastfeeding in pregnancy.
Our sense of reason usually tells us that breastfeeding is a natural process, that it is not that difficult and that, when the time comes, we can do it without problem. However, and I say this from experience, it is not always that simple. Well, in essence it is, and once you understand that you are just another animal of nature and you allow yourself to be carried away by your biological instinct, breastfeeding becomes more fluid.
But let's face it, as human beings we have forgotten much of our basic instincts, and remembering them is a process of continuous learning that begins from the moment of conception, but it is not something that happens overnight either.
In addition, the different contingencies that can arise in the face of breastfeeding (which are a trillion) do not make it easy either. For example, in my case my daughter was born by emergency cesarean section —which does not facilitate breastfeeding— 15-20 days before the due date —which does not facilitate breastfeeding either.
At delivery I had the opportunity to do skin to skin (also called early attachment), and that made it easier for her to stick to the breast quickly. But an unforeseen event made her unable to breastfeed a few days later, so I had to exclusively feed her formula for 15 days. After this time we were able to introduce breast milk again to try to make it exclusive. Not an easy process, by the way (we're still working on it).
Here are some suggestions for prepare for breastfeeding that, at least for me, they served me and that I hope they can help you too.
1. Get informed
You have to start somewhere, and what better way than to find basic information about breastfeeding. For example, you can look up what breastfeeding on demand means, to understand what you will face when you start breastfeeding. And I say 'face' because breastfeeding on demand can be exhausting.
You can also learn about the alignment of the baby when breastfeeding, the basic postures for breastfeeding or essential aspects about the care and hygiene of the nipples (before and after delivery). To do this, you can buy a book on breastfeeding, watch some videos or read the articles on breastfeeding. You can also consult some of the Breastfeeding Guides issued by some cities.
2. Ask for advice
If you have a friend, cousin or neighbor who is breastfeeding at the moment, go to her. Ask her to meet one day for coffee so she can tell you about her experience and show you how she breastfeeds her baby. The fact of seeing how you breastfeed live can help you a lot in the future and can always give you some tips for a good breastfeeding.
By the way, don't forget to keep in mind that sometimes the advice of others can be overwhelming. Ideally, when you do this, you are already a little informed about breastfeeding and if your friend does something that you do not like (for example, not breastfeeding on demand, but on time), just accept it as' one of those things that you will not do ', respecting at all times what she does without judging him. Remember that everything that others do will not always back you down, but there is nothing wrong with having an open mind and learning from them.
3. Go to a lactation consultation
Generally, a lactation consultancy is consulted at the time when there is a latent problem with breastfeeding, such as the loss of weight of the baby due to poor suction or problems such as mastitis. However, good counseling before delivery can help you fully prepare for breastfeeding, recognize breastfeeding complications early (such as a baby's brace), and even feel much more confident and secure the moment you start breastfeeding. breastfeed your baby.
I acknowledge that I did not attend this type of counseling. At one point during the pregnancy, I contemplated it, but decided to prioritize other expenses, since generally in Mexico this is a private service with a high cost. Today I look back and I am clear that it was a big mistake. When you are a first-time pregnant woman, you do not understand well what the priorities are, but if you have any doubts, think about this: feeding your baby is an essential essential for his life.
4. Don't take breastfeeding for granted
Don't assume that breastfeeding will be the only option for you and your baby. Babies sometimes need formula support, and it's important to be open to this feeding option, even if you are a breastfeeding advocate.
When you are a first time you cannot avoid planning an ideal of what your delivery will be like or how your baby will be fed. If this ideal is upset, it can become very frustrating for the mother, especially if it is in the first days after delivery, when the hormones are on the surface.
Being psychologically prepared for the myriad eventualities that can happen regarding breastfeeding will help you to cope with any situation with greater emotional intelligence. Of course, if at the moment you think you need help, do not hesitate to ask for it. Doing so can prevent you from slipping into postpartum stress or even postpartum depression.
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