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
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.
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.
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
Naturally Prepares for
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.
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?
you can do certain things to prepare for a great breastfeeding ahead. Have a
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 milk from your breasts.
Wash and clean your nipples with
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
You can attend breastfeeding
class, often conducted at maternity clinics and
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
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