In 2014, Lansinoh conducted a breastfeeding survey of more than 13,000 moms in nine countries around the world.
Moms were asked how long they thought babies should be breastfed for, and then asked how long they actually DID breastfeed for. What we learned through this research is that when it comes to breastfeeding, the vast majority of moms breastfeed only for as long as they think they should.
One of Henry Ford’s famous quotes says it all: “Whether you think you can, or can’t – you’re right.” Breastfeeding isn’t always easy, especially in the early days when you and baby are trying to figure it all out, and when you’re both so tired and adjusting to so much. There may be moments when you want to give up. Focusing on your commitment to breastfeeding can help you get through the hard times, and setting your sights on a goal can help, too.
Here are 5 Tips for Setting Your Breastfeeding Goals:
1. Set your goals during pregnancy
Breastfeeding isn't always easy, especially as you and your little one are learning the ropes. The earlier you start thinking about your breastfeeding goals, the more time you'll have to make sure you have the tools and resources you need in place
2. Learn about the benefits of breastfeeding (for both you and baby!)
Breastfeeding has so many benefits for you and baby! A few of those include: breastfed babies have a lower risk of allergies, obesity, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, and SIDS. And breastfeeding mamas have a decreased risk for breast cancer and Type 2 diabetes.
3. Stock up on any tools you might need
Here are a few helpful tools to have on hand, especially during those early days of breastfeeding. A few of our faves include: Lanolin nipple cream to soothe sore nipples, Nursing Pads to keep you dry and comfortable, and Soothies for instant, cooling relief.
4. Have a support system in place
Having a support system in place is crucial. There's no one right way to build your support network, so maybe yours includes an IBCLC who can help you with breastfeeding questions, a family member to text when you need some encouragement, and a fellow mama friend who's up for those 3 am feeds, too!
5. Be kind to yourself
As always, be kind to yourself, mama. Remember, goals can change as you move through your breastfeeding journey! The most important thing is that you find a routine that works best for you and your little one!
+ 5 Tips to Help You Stick to Your Goals:
- Once you’ve set your goal, be sure to share it with others so you can get the support you need
- If you decide you want to exclusively breastfeed your newborn, be sure to communicate this decision to your healthcare provider as part of your birth plan
- Make it clear that you want skin-to-skin contact after birth, and that your goal is to begin breastfeeding within the first hour of your baby’s life
- During labor, you can communicate your intentions to exclusively breastfeed and have your baby’s crib marked with “no pacifiers,” “no formula,” and “no bottles"
- Be sure your partner understands how important this is so they can communicate this to the hospital staff as well
Need more resources and support? Check out our breastfeeding blogs for more information. We're with you, mama!
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