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Breastfeeding - how to prepare yourself

Breastfeeding - how to prepare yourselfBreastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large. 

Accurate information

To prepare for breastfeeding the best strategy is to seek information based on scientific evidence even during pregnancy.
You can attend a breastfeeding course or have pre-natal appointment with a breastfeeding consultant, so you can clear all your doubts but more important you can understand how breastfeeding works.
Knowing the most before your baby is born is the best way to feel capable to breastfeed.

Breastfeeding - how to prepare yourselfSupport of the family

Family support is extremely important. Your partner should be informed and aware of the benefits of breastfeeding in order to support you at this stage.
Surround yourself with people who truly support breastfeeding, so you feel more confident in your ability to breastfeed.
It's important to have support with housework that way you have more time to be with your baby.

The health care system and professional help

Even when you are prepared and informed, when your baby is born difficulties may arise, seeking professional help is the best way to correct these difficulties and breastfeed without problems. Contact a breastfeeding consultant at the first signs of difficulty.

 first signs of difficulty.


References: World Health Organization www.who.int/en/

Author: Ana Custódio, Lactation consultant, Breastfeeding Counselor, doula, babywearing consultant, certified trainer – AMAMENTA ALGARVE

Ana Custódio, Lactation consultant, Breastfeeding Counselor


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