As you get closer to the birth of your baby, maybe your thoughts have turned towards how to feed your baby.
As a lactation consultant I am, of course, going to plug breastfeeding! There are so many benefits to breastfeeding which I will talk about in another blog, but the main one is that the nutrients in breastmilk are unmatched by any other first food your baby can receive.
It builds your baby’s immunity and it’s convenient.
However, whilst breastfeeding is natural, it may not always come naturally.
I have worked with 1000s of women over the last 20 years and know there’s a few tips you can do before and after birth to set yourself up for breastfeeding success.
Here are my top 6 tips to help with a successful breastfeeding journey:
So what are some next steps?
If you feel you need extra support, seek help from a professional an IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant).
As an IBCLC Lactation Consultant, I offer antenatal and postnatal appointments at Ballarat Women’s Clinic to help those who may need support establishing successful breastfeeding. Together we will develop a lactation plan to help you reach your optimal breastfeeding potential.
These appointments generally occur face-to-face however there is an option for telehealth if needed. To book either an antenatal lactation appointment or a postnatal lactation appointment please call the Ballarat Women’s Clinic on (03) 5332 9940.
Remember breastfeeding is both you and baby learning at a rapid rate. Like all the preparation you have done for birth, preparing for breastfeeding is also important.
Most of all, I want to help you stay relaxed and positive as your start your journey as mum with the key being for you to have FUN and enjoy your baby.
Written By Lactation Consultant Donna Geyde
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