Breastfeeding is very natural, but there can definitely be a learning curve, both for babies and mamas. It’s important to know that you will be feeding this new little one about every two hours, for weeks, after the birth.
Your midwife will assist you with getting your baby latched on for the first time and will be checking in on you, lots, during the days and weeks following the birth, to make sure things are going well. But, it is also nice to learn about breastfeeding, ahead of time.
Taking a class on breastfeeding can bring a profound sense of readiness and empowerment, moving into this new process. Contact Michelle Hottya to register! (818) 606-5687
Some great breastfeeding books are The Nursing Mother’s Companion, by Kathleen Higgins, The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, by Dr. Jack Newman, and Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin. All can be borrowed from your midwife.
Also, it is great to get involved with La Leche League! You are welcomed at meetings, even before you birth. www.lllofaz.org
If breastfeeding becomes a challenge, a lactation consultant can come to your home, to assist. Check in with your midwife, if you develop any concerns, about breastfeeding.