Q2. How should I prepare
myself for breastfeeding during pregnancy? Does
breast & nipple need any special preparation?
for breastfeeding consists of physical &
psychological preparation. Psychological preparation
is most important. Mother should be aware of
proper breastfeeding practices, advantages of
breastfeeding, and various problems likely to
be encountered. This is best achieved by pre-delivery
group counseling by mother support group leaders
(Mother Support Group is an organization of
experienced & knowledgeable mothers who
provide help, support & encouragement to
the mothers to breastfeed successfully). The
best time to undergo this counseling is about
two months prior to delivery. Your motivation
to feed your baby as per the scientific guidelines
is most important. You will need cooperation
of your family members to breastfeed successfully.
Hence a change in their knowledge & attitudes
Preparation of breast & nipples is not necessary.
This is achieved automatically by hormonal changes
as the pregnancy advances. Proper clothes which
will facilitate breastfeeding need to be kept
ready. Shirts or full front opening gowns are
best suited for this purpose. Gowns called as
feeding gowns with zips on both the sides are
unsuitable for breastfeeding.
Q3. My breasts are
small in size? Will I be able to breastfeed
of breast does not matter. Small breasts produce
milk as efficiently as large
breasts. Size of the breasts is decided by the
amount of fat contained in the breast &
not by the milk producing tissue. Hence even
mothers with small breasts can breastfeed successfully.