Like a birth plan, have a breastfeeding plan in case things get complicated. If you and your baby cannot breastfeed easily, what will you do to optimise your chances of breastfeeding success?
Some things to consider:
- Knowing what alternative feeding methods are available; syringe feeding, cup feeding and paced bottle feeding
- If you cannot produce the breastmilk your baby requires at any point, would you and your partner be comfortable giving your baby donor breastmilk?
- Have a preliminary chat about what infant formula you and your partner may want to choose if necessary. You will want to take your time with this big decision if this proves necessary.
- Explore which pump you may like to use; consider if wearable is important, and if you would like to buy or hire. Choosing a hospital-grade motor means pumping will likely be more efficient and the pump will generally last longer.
- Research the available breastfeeding support around you. What is the range of support options you may consider engaging in? For instance your birthing hospital, local council and private lactation consultants in your area?
Joelleen Winduss Paye, IBCLC Lactation Consultant, Midwife & Naturopath