Now that you know the practical steps you can take to help you breastfeed comfortably, let’s look at the people who can help you get there. Support is always there throughout your entire breastfeeding journey.
- Your healthcare professional
Use your regular prenatal check-ups to ask any questions about the changes you’re going through. No question is too small or too silly. This is new, after all!
As well as planning for the moment of birth, you can use your antenatal classes to ask questions about breastfeeding. It’s a great time to make a goal that feels right for you and talk to other mums-to-be about how you’re feeling.
A lactation consultant is someone who specialises in breastfeeding. They could be a doctor, a nurse, or a midwife. If you struggle with breastfeeding at first, you might like to ask for their support with things like positioning, latching or your milk supply.
- Apps and online communities
You might not always have someone by your side, but you’ll find there are plenty of ways to support yourself when you’re at home too. Many mums like to use apps to track their baby’s feeds, or find support in online communities for new mums. With uGrow, our baby tracking app, monitoring how much milk you're producing is a breeze. If you’re taking advice from a website or app, be sure to check that it has a medical source.
By thinking about why you’d like to breastfeed, planning ahead and getting to know your support team, you’re already on your way to breastfeeding success.
There’s also great power in talking about your breastfeeding experience — the precious moments, and the not so easy ones. You’ll find great support by talking regularly with your healthcare professional, family, friends and other new mums about your breastfeeding journey.