When a woman becomes pregnant there are many things that she begins to think about when the baby arrives. Most of what will come to mind will be clothes, objects for the decoration of the child’s room, and so on. However, you will also need to keep in mind that your body is going to change and you also need some preparation and adaptation before the baby arrives.
In addition to classes to prepare for the time of delivery, mothers should inform themselves to know how to breastfeed their child , if they have not done it before. Therefore, at PregDream we tell you how to prepare the breast for breastfeeding, thus being prepared in the best possible way before the birth of your baby.
HOW CAN I PREPARE MY BODY
From the moment you get pregnant, your body will start to change constantly. As for the breast, you will see that they will be more swollen and hard than normal, that is because they are preparing for the arrival of the baby by generating milk that will be the one that will feed him after his birth.
There is a belief that we must prepare our nipples in order to strengthen them with massages and other techniques before the baby arrives. However, the common opinion is that you have to let your body follow its natural process, that is, it is not necessary that we prepare the breast because at birth the baby will have to learn how to breastfeed. In this learning process the mother is the one who has to make the little one aware that he is hurting the nipples or that he is not doing it well, in this way the little one will learn to suckle in the naturally correct way with the benefit of both own as for the mother’s breasts.
By learning the baby how to suckle properly we can also avoid the cracks or marks that can be left on the nipples . Although there are products such as creams or ointments on the market to reduce these cracks, the best possible way to prevent them from appearing or persisting is to position the baby well so that it feeds properly and does not harm your breasts.
Remember that while you are pregnant and while breastfeeding there will be certain foods that you should not take for the good health of your little one. Even if the baby is no longer in your belly, everything you eat will be passed directly through the milk, so watching your diet until you stop breastfeeding will be essential for both of you.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE MY BREAST FOR BREASTFEEDING
The best thing we can do to prepare our breasts for breastfeeding is to inform ourselves through other mothers . Seeing how they breastfeed their children is also very pedagogical, because we will learn what is the proper posture for the baby or if they have any tips or tricks that they can share that will be useful to us after the birth of our baby.
We will notice the changes in our breasts when the baby is nursing, because our nipples may suffer the first days and we can feel that the breasts change slightly in shape to how they were previously.
We must also be very careful about choosing the right bra , since it is not advisable to wear the cup or padded ones, because they would change the shape of your chest and do you unnecessary harm. The recommended ones are those that have side openings in order to make feeding the baby easier even when you are away from home. They may be less pretty, but they won’t hurt your breast and will make breastfeeding much easier.
When the baby has finished sucking, we can do a small massage on the nipple while we clean it properly . If we do not keep this area clean at all times, we can pass bacteria to the baby. The massage will help us to slightly alleviate the pain that the little one may have caused us when sucking.
There are wipes that, in addition to cleaning the area, cover the nipple as long as you do not stain the milk shirts when you are not feeding the baby. In this way, the nipple will always be dry and protected, always ready and ready for breastfeeding.