So you’ve bought some baby grows, a couple of bibs and a zillion onesies. There are cute teddies scattered around the house, patiently waiting for little hands to cover them in slobber and milky spit-up. You’ve even packed your hospital bag, which sits peacefully in the closet until B-Day finally dawns.
But if you’re anything like me, and the majority of moms-to-be across the globe, it’s likely that you haven’t asked any practical questions about breastfeeding just yet. After all, why would you? Your baby is still safely nestled within your womb and your boobs haven’t yet taken on a life of their own, which (mark my words) they will no doubt do in those first days and weeks postpartum.
Yet according to healthcare professionals, the best time to ask about breastfeeding is actually during the third trimester of pregnancy. In fact, a recent Survey found that learning about breastfeeding during the third trimester helps to break down the common pitfalls and barriers that prevent new moms from reaching their breastfeeding goals. Considering the fact that the World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond, having a list of recommended questions to ask before baby arrives could be a simple way to support more moms in following these infant feeding recommendations.
Because knowledge is power and in those immediate days postpartum, our bodies and minds have enough to be processing without adding a side helping of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ about infant nutrition. Quite simply, if we go in prepared, we’re far more likely to succeed; through empowerment, information and crucially, support.
So without further ado, here are the 7 breastfeeding questions that healthcare professionals recommend pregnant moms ask their providers during their third trimester:
- What should I know about breastfeeding?
- What type of breastfeeding support will I be offered immediately after I give birth?
- Should I take a breastfeeding class before my baby arrives?
- What resources do you recommend to support breastfeeding? What if I have problems?
- What is the best way for me to communicate my breastfeeding intentions with my birthing team?
- Are there procedures to avoid during birth that may interfere with breastfeeding?
- How can I continue to breastfeed after I return to work?
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