Preparing to breastfeed.
Courtesy - Dr. William
Sears & Martha Sears, RN, IBCLC
with La Leche League International, including
the Manual Expression of Breastmilk: Marmet
Though breastfeeding is natural, technique
is a learned skill. It is important to get started
correctly, even before your baby is born. You
need to know well in advance how to identify
and avoid possible problems, and where to turn
if difficulties do arise. Many breastfeeding
problems may occur when you establish your nursing
patterns. With proper and prompt attention,
the majority of these problems disappear as
quickly as they develop.
Plan to learn as much as you can about breastfeeding.
You will be making an important investment in
your and your baby's continued good health.
An abundance of valuable reference material
is available to help you get started. BPNI Maharashtra
and ACASH (Association for consumer's action
on safety and health) offer books on breastfeeding
that covers all aspects of breastfeeding, including
manual expression by Marmet technique.
The most important contact before and during
your breastfeeding experience is with certified
lactation consultants and/or support organizations
such as BPNI Maharashtra. As your questions
are answered, you will receive the helpful tips
and reassurances you need to make your breastfeeding
experience even more rewarding.
As with any skill, the keys to successful breastfeeding
are practice and patience. Learn all you can
and then surround yourself with people who will
offer you the encouragement you need. Be easy
on yourself. Relax and enjoy this special and