Before baby arrives

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-02-2013
Before baby arrives
Tue, 09-17-2013 - 10:01am

I'm expecting my first baby in the spring.  I have a long ways to go, but I want to be prepared!  Breastfeeding is very important to me and I hope to have a long nursing experience with my child.  That said, I'm wondering what I can do now to prepare myself.  Are there classes I should look into? Books I can read?  Anything you can suggest would be very helpful! 

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 09-19-2013 - 9:05am

Welcome to the board and thanks for stopping by!! The one best way to prepare yourself for breastfeeding is to educate yourself and line up your support systems. Here are a few ideas I had:

- Definitely take a breastfeeding class. Your hospital may offer one or local private practice lactation consultant may offer them too. Make sure it's taught by an IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant) and not just a nurse pitching in, for the most accurate and up to date information.

- Read a breastfeeding book. My personal favorite is the latest edition of "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" by Diana West. Very encouraging and chock full of good information.

- Find your local La Leche League group and attend a meeting or two before baby arrives. Here's a directory to help you find one in your area:

- Find out if your hospital where you're delivering will have IBCLCs on staff. If not, you may want to consider finding a local private practice LC to visit you in the hospital to make sure you get started on right foot. Here's a directory to help you find an LC:

- If you're a Facebooker, I'd suggest Liking kellymom, Best for Babes and La Leche League USA just for some interesting daily reading and continued self-education.

- Here's a great link from Best for Babes with some good information on getting things off to the best start in the hospital:

- And another great link about preparing yourself for breastfeeding:

I hope that helps! Please let me know what questions about breastfeeding you might have that we can help with.