Think about what is important for you.
It is never too early to read, learn and talk about breastfeeding.
Most people have a view about breastfeeding before they have a baby. What we learn at school, what we hear in our friendship groups, and what we see in the community influence our attitude. Most women are able to breastfeed with the right support and practice.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) has some practical information in an e-book and on their website:
Talk to a health professional before you are pregnant
It is recommended to discuss your situation if you have:
- Had breast surgery (e.g.s breast implants, breast reduction or for other medical reasons).
- Weight concerns – overweight or underweight.
- A history of smoking or using illicit substances.
- An existing medical condition.
- If you are considering breast surgery, speak with an expert in breastfeeding to find out how it may affect your ability to breastfeed.
Starting a pregnancy in the best possible health benefits both you and your baby.
If you are thinking about pregnancy, a visit to a GP with your Partner/Support Person or by yourself, is one way to start.
The 3 months before conception is the time to make changes that can help boost fertility, reduce difficulties during pregnancy and assist in recovery from birth.
Breastfeeding Birth Plan
Developing a breastfeeding plan is one way to start thinking about feeding your baby. A breastfeeding plan includes what you would like to have happen at the birth and after the birth, taking your medical history into consideration.
- Example of a Breastfeeding Plan – Australian Breastfeeding Association
- Making a Birth Plan - Pregnancy, Birth & Baby
Try to have some flexibility in your plan.
Sometimes even the best made plans change. Your health professional is there to support you if you feel that your experience is not what you had planned.
What mothers have said when their plans changed:
‘Talk about your feelings with your partner. A health professional is there to listen and support you as well’.
‘My milk didn’t come in straight away and this made the beginning of my breastfeeding journey difficult. Be prepared that things might not turn out the way you imagined but don’t be afraid to seek out advice and support from health professionals when you need it’.