I would like to encourage you to set some goals for your breastfeeding journey. Setting goals for breastfeeding is just as important as setting goals for loosing weight, or passing an exam. It makes you more committed and determined. Many times, we hear that babies should be fed only breast milk for six months to one year. Just thinking about this can be overwhelming. The thought of this can overwhelm you, but do not focus on this ;instead take small steps. Your goals can be long or short term. One day at a time.
Do you know that breastfeeding takes lots of practice and gets better with time.
Here are some examples of short-term goals:
• Before my baby arrives, I will take a breastfeeding class.
• In the hospital, I’ll practice correct latching with my baby and
will work with a breastfeeding expert if I need to.
• When we get home from the hospital, I will ask my partner,
mom, or other loved one for help around the house so that I
spend valuable time with my little star.
BEFORE BABY ARRIVES:
□ Take a breastfeeding class.
□ Talk to your partner and family about
□ Get any supplies you may need for
□ Figure out who you can call when you face a
challenge. A breastfeeding peer counselor,
breastfeeding expert, a lactation
consultant, or a family member can help.
□ Create a birth plan that supports your desire to
□ Talk to your employer about your plans to
breastfeed and make a plan that will allow you
to pump at work.
□ Learn how to get a breast pump.
□ Learn about hand expressing milk.
AT THE HOSPITAL OR BIRTHING CENTER
□ Breastfeed your baby as soon as possible after
□ Ask the staff for help breastfeeding, if you need
it, to get off to a good start.
FIRST DAYS AND WEEKS AT HOME:
□ Relax! Find a place where you can breastfeed
□ Practice different positions for breastfeeding.
□ Learn your baby’s hunger and fullness cues.
□ Reach out for help when you hit a bump in
the road, like sore nipples, plugged ducts, milk
supply concerns, and more.
Use a pacifier if breastfeeding is well established
1 MONTH TO 6 WEEKS IN:
□ Celebrate your achievements! Look at how your
baby has grown, thanks to your hard work.
□ Start pumping and storing milk. This is good
practice for returning to work, too.
GOING BACK TO WORK:
□ Continue talking with your employer about your
needs and your schedule. You’ll want to pump
during the times when you would normally feed
your baby at home.
□ Talk to your child care provider, even if it’s
a family member, about how to feed your
baby so that you can continue meeting your
□ Breastfeed your baby before you leave for work
or at the child care drop-off location.
□ If possible, stop by your baby’s child care
provider during one of your breaks to breastfeed.
□ Make time for a feeding when you pick up your
baby at the end of the day. It can be a nice time
after being apart.
6 MONTHS AND BEYOND:
□ Start introducing solid foods.
□ Check in on how you’re doing. Are you ready to
make new long-term goals?
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