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There are plenty of ways you can successfully prepare for breastfeeding while you are still pregnant. If you properly prepare and get ready, then you will be setting you and baby up for success! The liquid gold is so important, so making sure you have your body and mind ready is a big deal.
Lots of other mamas suggest breastfeeding baskets, pillows and tanks to purchase in your third trimester, which does help, but where you really want to put your focus is on your health and knowledge. Ensuring you have the proper nutrition before baby arrives and as soon as baby comes will set you up for success. Also educating yourself on all things breastfeeding is going to ensure you have all the necessary information to keep your supply up and KNOW you are doing well. Knowledge is power, even with breastfeeding. Here are 5 things you can do in your third trimester that will ensure you have breastfeeding success with your new little one.
Read everything you can on breastfeeding in general. I actually took a small course, which is super affordable, that completely opened my eyes to knew ways to keep up milk supply, what breast milk is comprised of and more. The information was astonishing, even after already breastfeeding three babies! Whether you take a course or grab some books, by understanding exactly how the body works, what breast milk is, proper latching and more, you will have a much better foundation for breastfeeding.
You can really start adding in some foods that will encourage breast milk production in your last trimester. That way, you will be accustomed to eating these foods, and you body will be full in the nutrients necessary to produce breast milk. Some of these foods include oatmeal, sweet potatoes, spinach, apples and chickpeas. All of these have the phytonutrients, iron and vitamins to create the breast milk you need right away. In my postpartum program, I talk more about the importance of nutrition and eating nutrient-dense foods to ensure your body has what it needs to heal and make breast milk. This is so important, I suggest focusing on it in your last trimester to start setting yourself up for a great and healthy supply.
Third, Protein Shakes!
I love these as a way to get extra nutrition in. and I’ve launched Milk Dust, a breastfeeding protein powder that has been super successful in helping new mommies increase milk supply and lose weight. It als has red raspberry leaf in it, which can strengthen your uterus before labor! Before I had Milk Dust, I drank Mother’s Milk Tea andRed Raspberry Leaf Tea in the last few weeks of pregnancy to help my milk come in immediately. I highly recomend you read the reviews on the site and Amazon, so you can decide if its a great option for you. I also go over the differences between Boobie Body and Milk Dust here on the blog. These shakes are a large part of my program for postpartum healing and nutrition, which is SO IMPORTANT!! If you want to have a fabulous recover, where you can work on your core, eat super healthy for breastfeeding, and lose the baby weight then this program is great for you. The protein shakes offer the extra protein your body will need to heal and repair after birth, as well as make milk. If protein shakes aren’t your thing, add extra protein into your diet leading up to birth. Protein is the building blocks for new cells and repairing, so it is great to have extra!
Fourth, Brewer’s Yeast!
This stuff was in all the lactation recipes I created, before I had Milk Dust. Milk Dust is a much tastier option, but Brewer’s Yeast can be a very strong product. It really does help boost your supply, and it is super important to have on hand if you need to make some overnight lactation oats or cookies. Most of the recipes call for 1 tsp or so of the brewer’s yeast, so having it ready to go is a good idea.
Fifth, Start Breast Massage or Pumping:
This is only to be done if you know you are safe to go into labor, because it can also stimulate labor! By stimulating your breasts, you can help get the blood flowing and encourage your milk supply before baby actually gets to them. You can do this with a massager, or actually start pumping. I used a massage tool, which was easy while watching tv, cleaning and doing all the things I normally do.
These are 5 things that will set you up for success in your breastfeeding journey once baby arrives.
It is so important your body has the right nutrients before and after baby arrives to produce the necessary supply of milk. I’ve been there three times now, and these were 5 things I focused on in the last few weeks of pregnancy to make sure I was ready for breastfeeding.
If you need help losing the baby weight and keeping up your milk supply, I have a very popular program, The Postpartum Cure, which comes in an app you can download.