My Breastfeeding Plan


 

Writing a plan prior to the babies arrival is a great way to be educated about your options and prepared.

Before the birth

  • Attend a Ante-natal breastfeeding class
  • I will talk to my partner about how important breastfeeding is to me and our baby, and how his/her support is vital to establishing and maintaining breastfeeding.

  • I will speak to my employer about a return to work policy that supports breastfeeding employees. 

Immediately after birth

  • Skin to skin - at least 60 mins
  • Breastfeed within 1 hour
  • Weigh post first breastfeed

If my baby or I require special care after birth

  • If I am unable to hold our baby skin-to-skin after birth, I would like my partner to hold our baby.

  • If our baby cannot breastfeed within 6 hours of birth, please assist me to express my colostrum every 2 hours to stimulate my milk supply and for feeding to our baby when s/he is ready.

The Early days

  • I will breastfeed my baby according to his/her needs and will follow my baby’s feeding cues in terms of length and frequency of feeds.

  • I will keep my baby skin-to-skin as much as possible for at least the first few weeks after birth.

  • I would like to room in with my baby at all times so that I can learn our baby’s feeding cues.

  • I do not wish to bathe our baby for at least the first 48 hours after birth.

  • I do not wish to wash my chest area for 24 hours after the birth.

  • I wish my breasts to be treated gently and only touched with my permission.

  • My partner and I will not wear perfume/aftershave or use strong-smelling deodorant or soap for the first few days after birth.

  • We would prefer that relatives and friends do not cuddle our baby for at least the first 24 hours.

  • We do not want our baby to have artificial nipples (dummies or bottles) at any time. If alternative feeding methods of expressed milk are needed, we would like our baby to be fed using a syringe, cup or spoon.

  • We do not want our baby to receive anything other than breastmilk unless medically necessary. If it is considered necessary, we would like to discuss this first with a Lactation Consultant or our LMC.

  • If there are concerns about our baby’s weight, I would like to try more frequent feeding and other strategies for addressing this, with supplements only to be given as a last resort and by a breastfeeding supplementer.

If I need more support:

  • I will remind myself that breastfeeding, although natural, is a learned skill.

  • If I need information or support regarding breastfeeding, I will not hesitate to contact More than Milk - Julia Daly