- Take a class.
Before the sleepless nights begin, we encourage all families who desire to breastfeed to enroll in a breastfeeding course. Breastfeeding will be a large part of your initial postpartum. Having a deeper understanding of what to expect, when to reach out for help and how milk is made prior to baby arriving can have a huge impact on families meeting their breastfeeding goals.
2. Contact your insurance company.
Contact your insurance company and find out what all they cover. Insurance often times will cover your breast pump. Sometimes they even cover a breastfeeding class and breastfeeding supplies to get you started and keep you going. You will want to also ask your insurance if they cover lactation visits and how many you receive.
3. Chose a breast pump
Research and chose a breast pump that is going to fit your goals. We recommend having the breast pump purchased prior to bringing home your baby. This isn’t necessarily to start pumping right away, but more so to take one less thing off your plate during your postpartum recovery and have you prepared for the next step in your breastfeeding journey.
4. Get Support
Talk with your friends, family and partner about your breastfeeding goals. Talk with your provider and pediatrician and also let them know what your goals are and ask if they have lactation specialist on staff. Find out where your local La Leche League or hospital breastfeeding support groups are and when they meet. Know who and where you can go for lactation complications by finding a local IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Lastly, you can consider hiring a Certified Postpartum Doula who is able to help support you in your breastfeeding journey.
5. Get supplies
As you prepare for your little ones arrival there are some things you will want to have on hand for yourself to make breastfeeding easier. These items include nursing tops, your breast pump, extra pump parts, a nursing pillow and nursing pads. You will also want to purchase a few nursing bras. Because your milk won’t be in right away, we recommend purchasing just a few to get you through the first few weeks. If you aren’t sure what size to get for your first few weeks, just size up one size. After the first month of breastfeeding, we recommend going and getting fitted and a breastfeeding boutique and treating yourself to some properly sized nursing bras.
We hope these tips help provide a great starting point in your breastfeeding journey.