I thought breastfeeding is a natural thing.
That every mom will eventually master breastfeeding.
So I did literally nothing during my first pregnancy to prepare for breastfeeding (oh.. except buying a breast pump because I plan to return to work once my maternity leave ends).
And the truth....?
I was overwhelmed...
I was overwhelmed with my baby's constant crying in his second night. It seemed like he wanted to nurse and nurse and nurse. And I was extremely exhausted.
The normal jaundice check routine became a nightmare when the doctor said I needed to give him more milk.
I was blaming myself constantly.
I didn't know what to do when he kept falling asleep during feeding.
My extended family kept pestering me that I should eat more, I should feed him more, and on.. and on...
It was all chaotic...
Though it got better after a few months, I truly regretted the experience. I promised myself that I would do better the next time around. So in the next pregnancy, I made sure I was more well-prepared.
Do you know that you can start preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy? In fact, it is very crucial to have yourself prepared in advance, so that you feel well-informed and ready to breastfeed once your baby arrives.
This article will discuss 12 actionable tips to get yourself prepared for breastfeeding your baby, even before your baby arrives.