Several months ago I polled a breastfeeding moms group on Facebook and asked them what would have been most helpful for them to know about breastfeeding prior to having their babies. The women responded with their own answers (not a pre-made answer poll).
It’s important to emphasize that this is NOT professional advice, but rather pieces of advice breastfeeding mothers wish they had known before having a baby.
Additionally, I recommend taking a breastfeeding class, read (and re-read) a good breastfeeding book such as Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, join a breastfeeding support group, and surround yourself with positive women who have successfully breastfed. Consider hiring a postpartum doula - a valuable asset during this time.
Here are the top responses:
What advice would you share?
Wendy Trees Shiffer, MS, FACCE, LCCE is a mother and maternal-fetal health educator. She is the founder and program director for Family Trees Birth Programs serving childbirth professionals and new parents.