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Preparing for Lactation during Pregnancy

Preparing for lactation during pregnancy helps to alleviate breastfeeding problems to a certain extent. Have a quick look at the tips to prepare for lactation during pregnancy?

Motherhood is always cherished by a woman. Maternity makes a woman proud and gives her every delight on this planet. A pregnant woman goes through several developing stages that prepare her body for the entire process from the first week to the care after birth. In the three trimesters, a pregnant lady gets to experience changes in emotions, feelings, moods as well as physical changes. She needs to prepare herself for each of the stages that she goes through till the delivery. Preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy is one such beautiful and learning experience for a would-be mom.

Breastfeeding is Important

Breast milk remains the only food for your baby during the first 6 months (at least). Breastfeeding is the natural way in which your body prepares you to feed your newborn. It is the way nature makes certain transformations in your breasts that enable your infant obtain all necessary nutrients. Even though in the modern society, moms remain occupied and busy in their professional lives. They replace breast milk with other drinks and foods. However, nothing is comparable to breastfeeding to ensure healthiness of your baby.

Preparing for Breastfeeding

A lot of would-be-moms wonder about what best they can do to prepare for breastfeeding. It is a common conjecture among pregnant ladies to wonder if any effort is needed from their side. It is often surmised by mothers-to-be whether any sort of preparation to develop the nipples or breasts for future task is needed or not.

Body Naturally Prepares for Lactation

Right at the beginning of pregnancy, you can feel tenderness in your breasts. Gradually your breasts swell in size and the areolas darken. The veins under the skin also become visible while your body prepares for lactation. The hormonal changes that occur in your body makes your breasts sufficiently prepared for lactation for most women. However, in any case, refrain from scrubbing, rubbing or applying soaps on your nipples.

The Signs of Lactation

The reality is your body does the job for you. Our human body is made such a way that it itself prepares for lactation. It would do most of the work to prepare you for breastfeeding. You can find certain changes in your body, especially breasts while you get ready for lactation. You would find your nipples to enlarge and that is the first sign that your pregnancy is heading towards lactation. Your milk ducts would become larger and mature during pregnancy. The milk-producing cells develop giving your breasts a complete and full shape. These are what you body does naturally.

How You can Prepare for Lactation?

Also, you can do certain things to prepare for a great breastfeeding ahead. Have a look here:
  • Go for a proper breastfeeding pillow to ensure comfort and support to your breasts.

  • While your milk gets released in your breasts, the latter expand in size. So, use a comfy nursing bra after 36 weeks of pregnancy when your breasts reach their postpartum size.This provides extra support and comfort to your larger-than-usual breasts.

  • Keep your breasts supple for proper and smooth lactation. You can use breast pads to help absorbing any sort of leakage of milk from your breasts.

  • Wash and clean your nipples with water.

  • You can use breast shells if you have flat nipples from five months of pregnancy. These shells protract your nipples to prepare you for breastfeeding.

  • Start gently massaging your breasts during the last 6 weeks of pregnancy. This helps in clearing the ducts.

  • You can attend breastfeeding class, often conducted at maternity clinics and hospitals.
Try to get hold of valuable info on breastfeeding as much as possible. The more you read them, the more confident you would feel. While you get pregnant, it is highly recommended to consult a lactation expert or an experienced obstetrician to ensure that you prepare yourself for the lactation the right way.

How to prepare for lactation during pregnancy? What are the benefits of preparing for lactation? How can preparing for lactation help to prevent breastfeeding problems? Discuss here.

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