I’ve been pregnant many times before and have given birth and nursed three children. From these experiences I’ve learned planning ahead for breastfeeding can go a long way! I still have eight weeks left of this pregnancy, so you may be asking, “Why am I already thinking about breastfeeding?” But I believe the better we set ourselves up for the postpartum period, the greater the chance of meeting our goals. For me, that means doing just what I did with my youngest child: breastfeeding for as long as possible until he self-weans. I’d like to follow the “no bottle” rule and be the primary feeder of this baby, and make the experience positive for the both of us. I know it’s possible because I did it before — but I also know how difficult those first few weeks postpartum are, especially setting up that breastfeeding relationship between mom and baby.
This time around, meeting these goals is really important to me because this birth will be different from my previous three. (I’m having a planned C-section this time rather than a planned early induction.)
Click through for 8 things I’m doing while pregnant to make breastfeeding easier later!
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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three kids and expecting baby #4 at the end of this year. Read more from Devan on Babble and “like” Accustomed Chaos on Facebook!