If you are pregnant with your first child, you may wonder how to prepare for the challenge of feeding them. Breastfeeding may sound like it should be easy, but many women struggle to supply enough milk, while some babies have a hard time latching. Instead of just assuming that everything will go perfectly well with you and your baby, you may want to get a contingency plan in place, so that any challenges aren't overwhelming. In an effort to help you prepare for feeding your baby, here are a few things you may want to prepare. 

Lactation Classes

Many hospitals and doctor's offices offer free lactation classes in order to help their patients adjust to breastfeeding. They will explain how the body produces milk, along with how to get your milk supply full enough to keep a baby fed. Most lactation classes will also provide special support or group classes after your baby is born to help with any issues you may have. You should get on the list for lactation classes as soon as possible. 

A Breast Pump

A breast pump can be extremely helpful when you are trying to build up your milk supply. You can also pump and freeze milk in order to create a storage for other caregivers. Most insurance companies will offer a breast pump to their patrons free of charge. You may need to get a doctor to order your pump for you, depending on what your insurance requires. Even if you are not absolutely sure that you will need it, a breast pump is always good to have on hand. 

A Can of Formula

Just in case breastfeeding is not as easy as you expect it to be, you may want to get a can of formula to have as a backup plan. There are several different types of formula, though some are specially formalized for new babies or those with a sensitive stomach. As your baby grows older, they may become more or less interested in nursing. A can of formula can be just what the doctor ordered. 

In conclusion, hopefully everything will go just how you would want them to, but if not, the things on this list will help you be completely prepared.  After you successfully feed your first child, you will have a better idea of how your future experiences may go, although every child is different. May you enjoy this precious time of your new baby's life. 

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