Starting out by breastfeeding is a brilliant way to help you nurture your new baby.
It gives baby everything they need – food, water, warmth, security and love without the hassle of preparing bottles.
There is nothing you need to do to prepare your body for breastfeeding; your pregnancy is doing that.
Put your feet up…
You might want to think about setting up comfortable places in your home to feed. Somewhere where you are well supported, you can put your feet up, and with drinks and healthy snacks handy is a good idea. Sometimes babies like to feed for quite a while, so you might want to think about something to entertain you or help you relax.
..and have a chat
The early weeks with a baby can be challenging, and having lots of support around you can help.
You might wish to contact local breastfeeding support groups. They often welcome expectant mums (and dads) and they might help you to prepare for the realities of breastfeeding.
Talking to your family and friends about breastfeeding, and how they can support you will help you all to prepare.
You can also prepare for breastfeeding by learning how your body makes milk, and the need for frequent feeding. The breastfeeding timeline gives information about what to expect from breastfeeding at different stages of your child’s first year.