Preparing to breastfeed

Last modified on Wednesday 4 November 2020

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Whether you're pregnant already or trying to conceive, if you intend to breastfeed, there are things you can do to help prepare yourself for the experience.

This includes everything from reading up on breastfeeding for top tips, to finding local support groups, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible.

When it comes to breastfeeding, it's best to set yourself up for success from the start.

This means adopting a healthy diet before you're pregnant, although it's never too late to start!

Eating a healthy, nutrient-rich diet will not only encourage good milk production, but will also increase the quality of your breastmilk. Why not check out some of our healthy recipes for ideas?

Once you are breastfeeding, and before you begin, you should also try to focus on eating foods that have a low glycaemic index , as they will keep you feeling fuller for longer rather than giving you a sugar rush followed by an energy slump.

It's also important to support your breasts through pregnancy and breastfeeding with a decent nursing bra . It's best to get this fitted in your third trimester.

You can even get sleep bras which help support you overnight.

Above all, talk to fellow mums about their experiences, and don't be afraid to pay your local support organisations a visit. There's much to learn, including the importance of correct positioning at the breast, and how to encourage a good 'latch' to ensure good milk flow and to avoid sore, cracked nipples .

Remember, breastfeeding is a skill, and like any other skill, it can take time and perseverance for you and your baby to get the hang of it. But there are so many benefits for you and your baby, it's worth persevering if you can.

Check out the gallery above to discover our top tips...

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