Collectively between my four children, I’ve been breastfeeding for over 5 years now. I feel pretty confident in my knowledge of breastfeeding at this point, but I didn’t always feel this way. I remember when I was pregnant with my first daughter and planning to breastfeed, but really not having a lot of knowledge about it. During my second trimester, someone recommended the book, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding to me, and reading it helped me quite a bit. When my baby was finally in my arms, I felt prepared to begin our breastfeeding journey. Of course, reading a book can only help so much. Thankfully I also had the help of my midwives to get me started on the right feet, and they were available for me to call at any time if I had a problem.
A new global healthcare survey recently conducted by Lansinoh indicates most healthcare providers agree: moms-to-be should ask about breastfeeding well in advance of baby’s arrival, as challenges can arise when mom waits too long.
The 2016 Lansinoh Global Healthcare Provider Survey reveals breastfeeding trends and ongoing barriers among expecting and new moms in Brazil, Germany, France, the U.K. and the U.S. The top trend across nations? Eighty-one percent of healthcare providers surveyed agree women should consult health experts about breastfeeding techniques well before delivery, ideally in the third trimester. Instead, moms-to-be typically wait until they are about to deliver or even after their baby arrives to ask about breastfeeding, according to nearly half of those polled.
These survey results highlight just how important it is to start learning about breastfeeding earlier in the pregnancy, as breastfeeding is natural but may not always come naturally. To help guide you in conversations with your healthcare provider well in advance of baby’s delivery date, Lansinoh has developed a helpful guide of common breastfeeding questions that moms-to-be can use.
I have known so many moms who wanted to breastfeed, but then don’t because they don’t receive the support they need from their healthcare provider. If breastfeeding is important to you, find a provider who is knowledgeable and encouraging of your desire to breastfeed. You can also get help from your local La Leche League. You can even find help from other moms, like in the Dairy Queens Breastfeeding support group on Facebook, a group of other 40,000 breastfeeding moms.
Of course, I’m always around to answer questions if you should have any. I also have a number of other helpful posts about breastfeeding, like my review of the Lansinoh SmartPump Double Electric Pump, this post about some of the struggles I’ve dealt with while breastfeeding, this post about dealing with engorgement, this post about increasing your milk supply, and this recipe for delicious lactation cookies.
Visit Lansinoh for other tips to help you on your breastfeeding journey. You got this mama!