How Can I Plan for Breastfeeding?
Once you have decided to breastfeed, there are a few things you can do to help breastfeeding start smoothly.
- Tell your health care provider that you intend to breastfeed.
- Share your decision with your family and friends and ask for their support.
- Ask your health care provider or WIC provider any questions and voice any concerns that you have about breastfeeding.
- Attend a breastfeeding class at your hospital or birthing center.
- When making your birth plan or when checking into the hospital, request:
• A notation be made that you intend to breastfeed.
• An opportunity to breastfeed right after birth.
• No bottles or pacifiers be given to your baby.
• Your baby stay with you in your room instead of the nursery (this is called "rooming-in") so that you can take care of your baby and breastfeed him whenever he needs to.
Once your baby is born, all hospital staff should be able to help with basic breastfeeding questions.
- If you are concerned that breastfeeding isn't going well, ask for a lactation consultant.
- Lactation consultants have special training to help when your baby doesn't seem to know how to breastfeed effectively.