Disclaimer: this post was written in collaboration with Abbott Nutrition
With just a few more weeks until our bubs is in our arms, I’ve started thinking about what life is going to be like after this pregnancy. Life with 3 children. What did I get myself into?!?! Oh well, too late for that. I had no issues breastfeeding both boys but unfortunately, only managed to breastfeed them for 6 months each. They self-weaned for some reason.
With tomorrow being the start of World Breastfeeding Week (which runs from 1 – 7 August), I thought I’d share some breastfeeding tips as well as making the last few days of pregnancy a little bit easier.
A few tips for those last few weeks and days of pregnancy (please remember that these won’t apply to everyone):
- Make sure you are eating healthily to keep up your energy levels for the hard work of labour ahead. Similac Mom provides you with all the special nutrients that you need for this time
- Keep Similac Mom close at hand for those days ahead when you will be breastfeeding. While you are breastfeeding, have a glass of Similac Mom next to you not only to quench the extra breastfeeding thirst, but to also make sure you have the correct nutrition for both you and your baby during these precious times
- Rest during the day- you never know when you might go into labour so never let yourself get really tired because that is the day you probably will go into labour. If you are tired when labour starts, you start at such a disadvantage, rather start labour feeling refreshed and with high energy levels
- Stay active so you keep up your fitness levels
- Make sure your bags are packed and ready for labour. Keep them with you if you go far from home
- Make sure you have discussed your birth plan with the doctor/midwife and the hospital where you will be delivering to ensure everyone is on the same page as you
- Practice your skills learnt at childbirth education classes together with your birth partner
- Make sure you have a lactation consultant’s number saved in your phone in case you need one in those early days of breastfeeding
- Ensure you do a breastfeeding course. Knowledge is very empowering and helpful for this new skill that will be required of you
- Know your baby’s normal movements. Be aware your baby should move nicely every day. Your baby should move 10 times in less than 2 hours. A quicker but as reliable method, is 3 kicks in an hour. You know your baby is fit and healthy by feeling him move. He has times of sleeping as well so won’t be moving 24/7. If you cannot feel your baby moving, have something sweet to eat and drink and then do what generally gets your baby moving – for some it is to take a bath, others to lie down. If you are concerned your baby isn’t moving as well as usual or is moving far more than normal – contact your caregiver or the labour ward at the hospital. Towards the end of pregnancy, your baby may move differently, fewer but bigger movements.
- Spend lots of time communicating with your partner as you prepare for labour together as well as your new journey together as parents
I’ve started struggling the last few days with some pelvic and groin pain. Walking is hard and painful and I haven’t been able to chat to the doctor about it yet. I’m trying not to moan too much though, so just chopping on. I’m still worried about the cramps I got last week, so taking it easy and starting preparing my handover things at work. Life is crazy hectic at the moment and we’re prepping for Ethan’s birthday soon. We’re not having a party but would like to do something special for him. Not sure what though.
I still have some last minute things to get for the hospital bag and although the tips above are super handy, I need to read up a bit on breastfeeding this new bub. So much prep left to do and I seriously don’t feel like doing anything at the moment.
Enjoy this time! Your pregnancy will soon be over and you will have lots of new skills to learn!