Prenatal Breastfeeding Prep Program
The first two weeks of breastfeeding are critical. In order to get a strong start to breastfeeding, you must know exactly what to do before the baby arrives.
The breastfeeding choices you make in the first two weeks lay the foundation for how much milk you will make for the entire time you breastfeed!
If you don’t make the right choices in the first two weeks, you may find yourself with an insufficient milk supply, a baby who isn’t gaining weight, or significant nipple damage.
Ideally, nurses, lactation consultants, and pediatricians will guide you along the path of the first two weeks, but more often than not this assistance is less than ideal and too late.
In this program, you will be guided step-by-step through:
- How to get a comfortable latch and what to do if you can’t get a comfortable latch (including how to manage nipple and breast pain)
- How to know baby is getting enough and what to do if baby isn’t getting enough (including how to strategically supplement without ruining breastfeeding)
- How to involve your partner, even when he/she can’t breastfeed for you (and how to teach him/her to give a bottle!)
- What to do in the early months of breastfeeding to prepare for your return to work
- How to know what kind of milk supply you have (too much, too little, or just right) and what your milk supply means for how you breastfeed
- Strategies to incorporate breastfeeding into your everyday life as you gain the confidence to leave the house, breastfeed in public, and establish a new routine
- How to take good care of yourself in the midst of one of the hardest and most rewarding journeys you will ever experience: breastfeeding.
The Fundamentals of Breastfeeding: What all pregnant couples need to know.
Ten video lessons, each 5-20 minutes long with an accompanying downloadable PDF workbook.
Do you have risk factors
for breastfeeding difficulty?
Find out with the risk assessment quiz, then match your needs to your custom breastfeeding care plan.
Customized care plans for your unique breastfeeding circumstances to get you the strongest start possible in the first two weeks.
- Flat or inverted nipples
- Infertility, PCOS, and similar medical histories
- Breast reduction
- Breast augmentation
- Past history of breastfeeding difficulty (“booby baggage”)
- Advanced maternal age
- Minimal breast growth in pregnancy
- Very large breasts
- Past history of depression/anxiety
The Balanced Breastfeeding Journals
“Diaper logs” with lots of realistic, safe, and kind guidelines to care for the whole breastfeeding family. These journals cover the first four weeks of baby’s life.
Access to our private Facebook community
“Balanced Breastfeeding Mamas”
Join our safe, moderated, non judgmental community of Moms just like you. Together, we provide support, not advice to guide you along your mothering journey.
This is a very active community with years of posts. If you have a question for fellow moms, changes are it has been asked before and the answer is there! If it hasn’t been asked before, there are hundreds of supportive and kind mamas waiting to let you know what worked for them.
Video Library- seeing it helps you “get it.”
- Deep latch
- Flange fit
- Hand expression
- Breast Compressions
- Paced bottle feeding
What you must know to achieve breastfeeding success before your baby arrives
Truth: Almost half of the women who start breastfeeding quit by six months.
This isn’t because they didn’t want it badly enough.
It isn’t because they didn’t try hard enough.
It was because they weren’t properly prepared and educated in pregnancy about their own unique breastfeeding circumstances.
You, mama, are a unique individual.
The way you got pregnant and are carrying this baby is different from any other mother. The way your breasts have grown and developed is unique to you. Your birth will be unique. Your baby will be unique. The way your baby feeds from your breasts is unique.
So why, then, is all current prenatal breastfeeding education tailored to “the norm?”
A vast majority of women are not “normal” and will have one or more breastfeeding risk factors:
How many do you have?
- First baby
- Older than 35
- Use of infertility treatments
- Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational Diabetes
- BMI > 29 pre-pregnancy
- Flat or inverted nipples
- Past history of breastfeeding difficulty
- Carrying multiple babies
- Planned C-section
- History of breast surgery
- Lack of noticeable change in breasts during pregnancy
Choose the right education during pregnancy so you can get a strong start to breastfeeding in the first two weeks.
There are two critical components to preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy:
- Understand breastfeeding principles that apply to most moms and most babies.
- Plan to augment these principles based on your unique circumstances.
Be ready to customize the “typical breastfeeding plan” based on your unique circumstances. Understand exactly how to respond when breastfeed falls outside of the normal scope.