Preparing

BREAST MASSAGE

One type of breast massage involves using your fingertips to apply gentle pressure to your breast and move your fingers in a circular motion. After a few seconds, you can move your fingers to another spot. Start at the top of your breast and spiral the breast toward the areola using the circular motion. Then switch to the other breast.

CHECK FOR FLAT OR INVERTED NIPPLES

In order for the baby to suck effectively, he will need to draw your nipples far back in his mouth. If you have flat nipples, the baby may have a problem latching. On the other hand many mother have successfully breastfeed with flat or inverted nipples.

Some people suggest using a breast shell or other products that are designed specifically to draw the nipple out. However, there is no evidence that these products are helpful. More information on preparing to breastfeed with flat or inverted nipples can be found in the WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING or from your La Leche League Leader.

COMFORTABLE CLOTHING FOR BREASTFEEDING

Some pregnant or new mothers worry about breastfeeding discreetly. Clothing or baby blanket can easily be used for discreet breastfeeding. Many mothers have found that they do not need to purchase the clothes specifically designed for breastfeeding mothers. On the other hand, fashionable and comfortable clothing are available, specifically designed with special openings for discreet breastfeeding. Maternity shops and online stores carry nursing fashions.

This post about bras may also be useful.

ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT

Contact a La Leche League Leader for support and help in preparing to enjoy breastfeeding your baby.

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For best printing results, open the llli.org site in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Although you can view the site well in any browser, printing from other browsers might not operate correctly.

1. Browse to the web document that you want to print.

2. Click the Print button that is displayed on the web page (not the Print command on the browser menu or toolbar).
This opens the browser print window. The window displays a preview of the document that will be printed. The preview might take a minute to display, depending on the document size.

3. In the Printer box, select the desired printer.
For example, if you are working on a Windows computer, and you want to print to a PDF file, select Save as PDF.

4. As required, configure the other options such as the pages to print.

5. Click the Print button.
If you are generating a PDF, click Save. You are prompted for the name and folder location to save the file.

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