18 Jul 83: Everything You Need To Know About Breastfeeding Before Your Baby is Born with Danielle Powell
Breastfeeding is an important part of motherhood, but unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of education around lactating and partner support before the baby is born.
That being said, a lot of people are very surprised by the process. There is so much that happens physically and emotionally, and it can catch you off guard if you’re not prepared. While it is true that breastfeeding is a very natural process and it is something that humans have always done, it’s still a huge learning curve for both the mom and the baby.
In this week’s episode of The Dr. Kinney Show, I sat down with Danielle Powell, a returning guest, to talk about the wonder and struggles of breastfeeding.
Danielle Powell is the owner of Chesapeake Birth and Baby. She has provided support to families for over 10 years. She is passionate about postpartum care and helping families transition smoothly to life with a new baby. She manages postpartum doulas and creates consistency of care standards.
In Today’s Episode We Discuss:
- Why you need breastfeeding education before the baby is born
- The importance of a support system
- Where to find breastfeeding classes
- Health issues to be aware of before you start breastfeeding
- How stress can affect your breastfeeding journey
- Why it’s okay if you are not able to breastfeed
- How to know if your baby is getting enough food
- Why you need to watch your nutrient levels while breastfeeding
- Why it’s so important to take time for yourself
- What to expect with cluster feeding
It’s so important when you begin your breastfeeding journey that you have a solid support system. This counts for your health care provider too. You should never be shamed for your decisions when it comes to feeding your baby. Your provider’s agenda should always be your agenda.
Remember, it’s okay if you can’t exclusively breastfeed your baby. A fed baby is all that matters. Whether that means only breastfeeding, supplementing with formula, or only formula feeding, you are still doing a good job.
There is so much to learn about breastfeeding your baby, but you don’t have to figure it out on your own. To learn more from Danielle about breastfeeding, make sure to check out her website linked below.
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