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.
When most women think of their breasts during pregnancy, the following comes to mind: they grow (and grow and grow!). Learning about your breast anatomy and physiology will help you understand the changes that will take place during and after pregnancy. It'll help you better understand breastfeeding and how your breasts prepare, adapt and aid your baby feed efficiently.
To put it simply, a latch is the attachment of your baby's mouth onto your breast. Having a good, deep latch is one of the most important parts of breastfeeding, because it helps ensure that your baby can drink effectively from your breast.
Learn how to position your baby while breastfeeding - including: how to position baby's body, how to hold baby's head, and how to position baby's head (nose to nipple).
Whether you're a 32B or a 46H, it's helpful to support your breast in a way that will make it easy for your baby to get a good, deep latch.
One of the first and most important things you'll learn about breastfeeding is how to hold your baby. But what about how to position yourself? After all, you'll be spending many hours nursing, especially during the first few weeks, so it's important that you don't feel any strain or tension. If you follow these simple steps, you should have a comfortable breastfeeding experience.
Learn the four common breastfeeding holds. The cross-cradle and the football holds are great during the first few weeks of breastfeeding. The cradle and the side-lying positions are more effective after a few weeks, when both you and your baby are more experienced breastfeeders.
- 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?