• 7 Questions You Need to Ask if You're Planning to Breastfeed

    Early preparation is key to successful breastfeeding, experts stressed.
  • 7 Questions You Need to Ask if You're Planning to Breastfeed
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  • Breastfeeding may not always come naturally to a mother and child, so it's crucial to discuss breastfeeding beforehand. According to the 2016 Lansinoh Global Healthcare Provider Survey, the number one barrier to a successful breastfeeding experience is a pregnant woman's lack of awareness about tools and techniques. The earlier she consults with health experts about breastfeeding--even before her third trimester--the better. It will help address her two major struggles as a new mom: adequate nutrition for her baby and the lack of support in their workplace when they eventually go back to work.

    Obstetrician gynecologists, midwives, pediatricians, nurses, and lactation consultants who were part of the survey emphasized that knowing is already winning half the battle. The demands of being a new mom can take a toll so arm yourself with knowledge and information. As a mom or mom-to-be, you have every right to be part of the decision-making when it comes to your birth or feeding your baby. These are the questions you need to ask:

    1. What should I know about breastfeeding?
    Learn about its benefits, techniques on how to properly latch your baby to your breast, the different positions recommended, and the challenges you may encounter.
    Read: 10 Reasons Why Breastfeeding is Awesome7 Facts You Didn’t Know about Breastfeeding, and 10 Breastfeeding Myths Debunked

    2. What resources are recommended to support my breastfeeding before and after birth? Should I take breastfeeding classes?
    Ask for referrals for reading materials and hands-on learning classes such as breastfeeding classes and what you can expect to take away from attending such classes. 

    For breastfeeding classes or consultations, try The Parenting Emporium, L.A.T.C.H. Philippines, or La Leche League of the Philippines.

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    3. What is the best way for me to tell my birth team about my breastfeeding choice? How do I know if they will be supportive of my choice?

    Make a list of what you expect from your birthing team, and discuss it with them. Your instincts will give you a general feeling, however, if both of you are on the same page. 

    Read: Breastfeeding Support: Finding the Right Person to Help You

    4. What type of breastfeeding support will be offered immediately after having a baby? Where and how can I begin breastfeeding after giving birth?
    Ask for a tour of the hospital, which would be a perfect opportunity to ask about rooming-in and nursery policies. Some also offer one-on-one breastfeeding consultations to help you in your breastfeeding journey.  

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    Read: Natural or C-Section: Moms-To-Be Spill Their Birth Plans and These Incredible Stories Show Women Embracing Their Birthing Choices

    5. How will pain medication or a C-section impact my breastfeeding? Are there procedures during or after birth that may interfere with breastfeeding?
    It's a case-to-case basis, but pain meds and C-section may present more challenges to breastfeeding in the beginning. Don't let it discourage you as there are ways to overcome it.

    Read: Here's Why You Shouldn't Give Up On Breastfeeding Your Preemie

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    6. How can I prevent and treat sore nipples? What can I do if I get these conditions? When should I seek additional advice and care?
    These are just some of the challenges you may encounter while breastfeeding. Share best practice solutions for this with your husband and family so they can support you.

    Read: Overcoming Breastfeeding Obstacles

    7. How can I continue to breastfeed after returning to work? What would I need in order to continuee breastfeeding?
    It's a whole new ball game when you continuing to breastfeed as you return to work. Remember to also consult your boss for special arrangements. 

    Read: 6 Tips to Breastfeeding Success While Working Fulltime and Mom’s Breast Friend: Five Mom-Recommended Breast Pump Brands 

    "Planning and preparation are crucial keys to success in all aspects of life -- and breastfeeding is no different," explains Gina Cicatelli Ciagne, certified lactation consultan and Lansinoh's vice president for Global Healthcare Relations. By encouraging moms-to-be to talk about and cover all areas of breastfeeding earlier, they would be better equipped to overcome the challenges of nursing. "We hope moms will ultimately be more comfortable with breastfeeding and will realize that they can always ask their healthcare providers for help in achieving their goals," she added. Ladies, you always have a choice -- but it's better to make an informed one.

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