“How do I prepare to breastfeed?” In the bad old days, sometimes moms were told to toughen their nipples – descriptions of which were enough to make even the most breastfeeding inclined mom shiver and reach for a bottle. Scientific research has shown, to our relief, that no toughening is needed. But there is still a lot to do in order to prepare –
Mental breastfeeding preparation
Do not buy bottles, pacifiers, or anything related to formula feeding in advance. This can create the attitude that you may not be able to breastfeed. It is better to prepare pads for a breastfeeding bra, a pillow to lean on during meals, a nightgown or pajamas with a comfortable neckline, this will set you up positively and give you the confidence that your breastfeeding will be successful.
Search the internet for photos of breastfeeding moms that you like. Hang them in places where you are often at work, in the mirror, or in the refrigerator. Watch them often until the appearance of a breastfeeding baby begins to seem quite normal. Let them charge you with positive energy and the conviction that this is the most natural thing in the world
If you have friends who are breastfeeding, try to be around them more often. Get used to the look of a breastfeeding mother and a naturally feeding baby. Look at this picture until you see it as something normal. Read breastfeeding literature with your partner or attend courses for pregnant women where there are breastfeeding classes.
Although many men see breastfeeding as a woman’s job, which is entirely the responsibility of the mother, this is not the case. If the father is informed, he can support you and help you a lot. He will give you advice in difficult times when you hear conflicting opinions from others or have a problem with breastfeeding and will support you both morally and physically.
Preparing the breast for breastfeeding is also an important part of the mother’s prenatal preparation and contributes to successful breastfeeding. With good preparation and proper placement of the baby on the breast, you will avoid sore nipples, sores, and chest pain.
Today, more and more experts oppose too active preparation, as it can lead to premature contractions, injure sensitive nipples or dry them excessively. It would not be bad to check for flat or inverted nipples during pregnancy. Sometimes makes it difficult for the baby to attach properly to the nipple. You can ask your doctor how to deal with this problem.
You’ve probably heard that nipples hurt from breastfeeding. In most cases, this is due to poor posture or poor traction. Creams and lotions are usually not needed. Your nipples already produce everything you need to protect yourself.
Contrasting showers during your daily bath with circular movements, rinse your chest several times, alternating hot and cold (but not ice) water, as long as you can tolerate it. Contrasting showers are also good for the whole body.
Walk without a bra this way, without any effort on your part, the nipples harden when you touch your clothes. Nipple rubbing is no longer recommended by doctors and breastfeeding consultants, as it erases the lubrication that the breasts produce during pregnancy and breastfeeding, which is usually sufficient to protect them during breastfeeding.
If you have flat or sunken nipples, it is good to start preparing them before pregnancy, but if you have not had this option, you can correct them for a few weeks while you are pregnant or even after birth. Flat or sunken nipples can make it difficult for the baby to bite the breast, but in no way do they interfere with successful breastfeeding.
Until recently, it was thought that a baby could not suckle from nipples that did not protrude, and some doctors even advised mothers with flat or sunken nipples not to even try to breastfeed, but to feed the baby with formula. This is completely unnecessary. Recent research shows that the baby is looking for the breast itself, not the nipple, it only serves as a guide and place where the milk flows. So do not worry unnecessarily, your nipples are not an obstacle to good breastfeeding.
Put the baby to the breast often, making sure that he bites the breast properly and that at least 2-3 centimeters from the areola enter his mouth. The baby should be facing the breast and his tummy should be touching your tummy. His chin should be below the nipple and the nose should almost touch the breast. With proper breast placement and frequent pressure that breastfeeding puts on the breast, the nipples will soon pop out permanently.
Doctors around the world say that because breastfeeding is inherent in human nature and this is the natural purpose of women’s breasts. If performed correctly, it should not hurt or be unpleasant. If you have a skin problem such as psoriasis or eczema, ask your dermatologist what to use. Be sure to tell him that you will be breast-feeding, as this may affect the medicines he prescribes.