Preparing to breastfeed

We have prime pointers to give you a long and rewarding nursing journey with your little one.


1) Don’t worry, your body is preparing

Thanks to Mother Nature, your body does most of the work, so that you can breastfeed your little bundle as soon as they arrive. Your milk ducts will increase, your breasts swell, while your nipples get larger. However, you can also take the following steps to prep yourself mentally, emotionally and physically for a blissful breastfeeding experience…


2) Attend a prenatal breastfeeding class

Not only will you get the lowdown, you’ll wise up to possible obstacles you might encounter when you nurse. Notes GP Dr Mythili Pandi, president of the breastfeeding mothers’ support group, “I often liken antenatal classes to driving classes — you need good basics and a strong foundation before you get onto the expressways.” You’ll also get to meet other mothers and form your own support group. Most hospitals offer breastfeeding classes as part of their antenatal programme and you can attend a refresher course at your hospital after you deliver. The breastfeeding mothers’ support group also holds regular breastfeeding workshops. Check its website for more details.


3) Read — get books and see online sites

Websites such as Babycenter and Kellymom have great articles on breastfeeding, as well as SmartParents. Well-known American parenting expert Dr William Sears has written several books on the topic, including The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning. The La Leche League International, a non-profit breastfeeding organisation, also offers good nursing advice in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.

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