Before Your Baby Is Born
You’re experiencing so many changes (emotionally, physically and socially!) and you are seeking expert advice on what to expect after your baby is born. Nine months doesn’t seem long enough to learn, read and absorb everything. Remember to relax. Many new moms experience the same mix of emotions. So much of your focus is on labor and childbirth, but now is the time for you to prepare for what lies ahead, breastfeeding. We’re here to help every step of the way.
It's ironic that most pregnancy classes are geared toward preparing for labour and childbirth, but not much thought is given to breastfeeding. Yet those intense 24-48 hours spent delivering your baby are relatively short compared to the time you will spend feeding your beautiful (but hungry!) bundle of joy.
Your breasts will go through many changes during the months leading up to the arrival of your baby and after. Learning about your breast anatomy and physiology will help you to better understand how your breasts prepare and adapt in order to feed your baby.
Fathers can be active participants in the breastfeeding relationship. Here are 15 ways to encourage, nurture, empower and otherwise support your wife.
Between picking out the nursery colors, putting together the new crib and admiring the impossibly small clothes, we wanted to make one task a little easier for you: packing your hospital bag.
Colostrum is the "early milk" your breasts start producing in your third trimester of pregnancy, and then the first milk your newborn receives.
A lot of breastfeeding information focuses on what happens after your milk comes in, which usually occurs at around Day 3 post-birth. But what happens during the first few hours after delivery?
- Breastfeeding: How to Latch
- Breastfeeding: What a Good Latch Feels Like
- Breastfeeding: How to Know if you Have a Good Deep Latch
- Care Plan: What to do if Your Baby Won’t Latch
- Pumping: When Should I Pump?
- Pumping: Which Pump Should I Use?
- Pumping: How Do I Use a Breast Pump?
- Milk Storage: How Do I Store Pumped Milk?