Your breastfeeding plan!!!

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Your breastfeeding plan!!!

Post by foxforcefive » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:15 pm

Hi forumites!!!

How many of us wrote a birth plan before the birth of our first (or second, third, etc) child???? I know I did!!

How many of us wrote a breastfeeding plan before the birth of our child??? Umm, not me....

Funny that.... Our birthing journey is likely to last only a few hours (or, for some of us, a few days :shock: ), but our breastfeeding relationship can continue for months or years!

Having a breastfeeding plan can help us to identify our needs and preferences, and can be given to our partners and our caregivers to help them fully understand what is important to us and our baby.

Sooooo (drum roll, please)..... The ABA now has a downloadable, editable breastfeeding plan available on the website: ... eding-plan

And for those with a scientific bent, there is another version giving the explanations for each of the points in the plan, backed by references to the latest research...

Check it out!! And maybe think about creating your own breastfeeding plan to help get you and your baby's breastfeeding journey off to a great start!!!

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Post by 3 Little Woody's » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:27 pm

I've just been reading through the Breastfeeding...Naturally book again getting the early days back in my head :D

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Post by Mummy woo! » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:32 pm

Great work Naomi! It is a wonderful resource to have for expectant mums.
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Post by Feebes » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:07 pm

Mummy woo! wrote:Great work Naomi! It is a wonderful resource to have for expectant mums.
ITA, a great resource.

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Post by Ari's Mum » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:21 pm

Thank you so much for that info!! Wow what a great idea. I wish I had one before the birth of DS1.. Will share it on facebook too!
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Post by Shelleybooby McBoobster » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:25 pm

I just emailed my IM the link! I think she might find it interesting and maybe she will pass the information on to any other future breastfeeding mums and babies :-)

I'm going to print it off and paste it in my birthplan book :D

Thanks for the link!
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Post by Claire » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:28 pm

I had a breastfeeding plan this time round for DD's birth. But I only shared it with me (and some with my doula)! Didn't occur to me to take it to the hospital, though some of it was in my birth plan. I had additional things to that plan you have linked that we very specific to my previous experience which included pre natal expressing, talking to a paed in the special care nursery re likely admission of my baby, a trip to the GP for prescription galactagogues (pre birth), choosing a bf friendly MCHN and enlisting the support of an LC if needed. My plan covered me from 34weeks to about um, well now! Even with all my prep things still went array unfortunately, but I at least had back up plans to work with.

Great idea to have a downloadable plan. I only thought to do it because I had difficulties last time and this time I wanted to succeed. I dont think it occurs most first time mums to do something like that.
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Post by Andypandy » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:32 pm

Absolutely fantastic. I love the way it is written and with the explanations as well. It is really encouraging and not pushy at all.
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Post by mum2H&R » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:32 pm

thankfully the hospitals that I had my babies in did most of what is on the plan, and we were told at the classes. If they weren't like that though, I would never have known any different - great idea.
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Post by trinity » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:55 pm

Should this thread become a sticky in this section?

I think it should! :D

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Post by weeze » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:28 pm

I didn't have a BF plan, more a postnatal plan...a page long. my birth plan was 1 paragraph.
Great to see it's more normal now!

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Post by athome » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:10 am

Well done what a fantastic idea :D

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Post by foxforcefive » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:10 pm

Yay! So glad you liked it!!! Wish something like this was around when my first bub was born - I'm betting the first 6 weeks of our relationship would have been a whole lot happier... :?

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Post by momi » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:36 pm

I love this!! Thank you!

i had a BF plan - it went something like "i will breastfeed come hell or high water" :shock: luckily it worked for me, but the one you posted would be far more beneficial for expectant mums!

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Post by snowie » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:39 pm

love love love it - especially the one with the extra bits of information.
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