Before Baby Arrives

Just as you would prepare for childbirth, prepare for breastfeeding. 

  • Read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and other breastfeeding books.  Now in its eighth edition, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding contains evidence-based research and up-to-date medical information. We always have them for sale at our meetings.

  • Watch videos. Search YouTube for Dr. Jack Newman and latch. If you've never known/seen anyone breastfed, it helps to see it being done and  to see what a good latch looks like. Search YouTube for a video of the Breast Crawl, which shows how babies, laid on their mothers' chests, will instinctively find the breast and latch themselves on...without the mother having to do anything.

  • Surround yourself with people who will support and encourage you.  This includes making sure your partner is on the same page as you. Unfortunately, breastfeeding is not the norm in our society and there can be a lot of misinformation spread. Breastfeeding becomes easier when your friends and family encourage you to get help and stick it out.

  • Attend LLL meetings while still pregnant. It's the easiest way to learn more about breastfeeding and find out what to expect after the baby arrives. A fantastic fringe benefit-- LLL meetings are full of moms who are breastfeeding and 'get' it. They can share their joys and trials with you, and help you along your journey.