If you’re about to become a first-time mom, you’ve likely got a lot of questions and uncertainties about how the next few months and years of your life will unfold. As part of your preparations for bringing your new baby into the world, you’ve got to consider how you plan to feed your little one during the first few months or years of his or her life. For many moms, breastfeeding makes the most sense for them. If this is something you’re going to try to take on with your new baby, here are three tips to help you prepare to be a new nursing mother.
Prepare To Invest Your Time and Patience
Before your new baby arrives and you jump right into the process of breastfeeding, it’s going to be good for you to have some idea of what you’re in for. According to Teresa Pitman, a contributor to Today’s Parent, breastfeeding can take up the majority of your time for at least the first two weeks of having your baby. But just because you’ll be nursing so much doesn’t necessarily mean that it will come easily to you and your baby. Knowing this, be ready for a bit of a learning curve as you and your little one figure things out together. If you run into any issues, don’t hesitate to call your doctor, a lactation consultant, or a trusted friend to give you help and support.
Purchase Products That Make Nursing More Convenient
Just because women have been nursing their children since the dawn of time doesn’t mean that you have to treat this experience like they did in the olden times. With modern inventions, nursing is actually more convenient than it’s ever been before. According to the staff of BabyCenter.com, some of the nursing products you might want to purchase include nursing bras, a nursing pillow, breast pads, a breast pump, and some lanolin ointment. All of these things will help to make nursing more comfortable and convenient for both you and baby.
Create A Plan For Going Back To Work
If you want to continue breastfeeding once you head back to work, you’ll want to create some type of plan for how to accomplish this. While your employer must allow you to nurse at work, it might take you some trial and error to find a way to make this arrangement work for you and your baby. To help with this, Jamie Morea, a contributor to Medium.com, suggests that you try to get into a good routine with pumping so that you can ensure you’re producing enough milk for your baby and that you don’t wind up getting too uncomfortable during your workday.
To help you and your baby find success with nursing, consider using the tips mentioned above if you’ll soon be breastfeeding a new baby.