When you’re pregnant with your first child, the huge amount of advice about breastfeeding can often seem a little overwhelming. Depending on what you’ve read, you may be expecting to be the most easy, natural thing in the world, or a real challenge that’s sometimes even painful. That’s why, for today’s blog, I’m going to share five points to think about before you even start.
You will need to get used to it – You may think that breastfeeding comes naturally to babies, but it’s actually a skill that the both of you are going to have to learn and it won’t always be easy.
It’s worth trying – It’s much easier to change from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, rather than the other way around. That’s why you should always give breastfeeding a shot first, if you’re not sure. In fact, think about breastfeeding for the first couple of feeds at least as your milk will be full of antibodies and other nutrients that will settle your baby’s blood-sugar levels.
It helps to do some research – I can imagine that you’re already doing plenty of homework on breastfeeding, which is really important. It may be worth attending a breastfeeding class or speaking to a breastfeeding charity for advice.
It’s useful to talk – Every woman’s experience of breastfeeding is different, but it’s still worth speaking to friends or relatives about when they breastfed to get an idea of what it’s like. Just remember not to compare your efforts to theirs; after all, this is the first time that you and your baby have done it!
It gets easier – While I have mentioned that breastfeeding can be hard; this is perfectly normal! This won’t last forever, especially if you have a good support network. In fact, it’s often said that if you can handle the first six weeks, you’ll be just fine!
Hopefully this has given you a little more insight into just what to expect when your baby is born. Of course if you have any questions then get in touch with us. Likewise if you’re a breastfeeding pro and have some tips of your own to share! You can leave a comment below or chat to us over on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.