Your breastfeeding plan
Having a plan in place ahead of time will help to lessen stress and aid in successful breastfeeding, from pregnancy to returning home with your baby.
Here's what you can do while you are pregnant to prepare yourself:
- Make a list of your support people (partner, husband, mother, sister, aunt, friend, etc.)
- Determine where you will learn about breastfeeding (WIC, childbirth class, nurse educator, family member, etc.)
The following is a list of requests and/or questions you might have for those who will be helping with your delivery:
- I want to put my baby to my breast right after birth.
- If I have a c-section, I want to put my baby to my breast as soon as possible.
- I want help getting my baby to latch on.
- I want to be in the same hospital room as my baby.
- I don't want my baby to have any formula.
- I want to nurse my baby when she/he wants to nurse.
- If we have to be separated, I want someone to bring my baby to me for breastfeeding.
- If my baby isn't able to nurse for some medical reason, I want to be shown how to pump breast milk until the baby is ready.
- I don't want my baby to have a pacifier.