Asking your doctor for help is a great first step to prepare for breastfeeding.
This will help you acquire valuable information and can significantly improve your breastfeeding experience. It is important that you find a healthcare professional who supports breastfeeding and is open to helping you face the challenges that may arise.
Here is a list of questions to ask your doctor about breastfeeding:
- What is skin-to-skin and how does it help me with breastfeeding?
- Will I be able to hold my baby skin-to-skin right after birth? What if my baby is born early or if I have a cesarean delivery?
- Are there staff at the hospital who can help me breastfeed my baby in the first hour after delivery, and later on too, if I need help?
- How do I make sure the hospital does not give my baby pacifiers or a bottle? Do I have to use a pacifier to keep my baby calm?
- How will my breasts change during my pregnancy?
- Should I change my diet or take vitamins?
- If my baby needs formula, will you show me different ways to feed it to my baby so I don’t have to use a bottle?
- If my baby needs formula, will the hospital staff or doctors speak with me before offering it to my baby?
- Can I keep my baby in the room with me throughout my hospital stay?
- Who can help me with breastfeeding after I leave the hospital?