Many parents-to-be choose to write a birth plan before the arrival of their baby. Writing a plan is a great way of educating yourself about your options during the different stages of birthing your baby and of communicating your wishes and preferences to your partner and your caregivers.
Just as important though is preparing a plan for breastfeeding. After all, there can be just as many variables at play, and while your birthing journey is likely to last only a few hours (or perhaps days), your breastfeeding relationship can continue for months or years! Your breastfeeding plan can help you to identify your needs and preferences, and can be given to your partner and your caregivers to help them fully understand what is important to you and your baby.
Below is a link to a basic breastfeeding plan, which you can download and edit to suit your circumstances. If you are expecting your baby to have special care needs (such as being premature or having Down syndrome), or if there are reasons why you may not be able to be with your baby straight after the birth, please contact an ABA breastfeeding counsellor - they can help you tailor the breastfeeding plan to suit your particular needs.
Also below is a link to a breastfeeding plan with explanations for each of the points it contains, supported by references to research and studies as appropriate. This document is an invaluable resource for those of you interested in the science behind the natural art of breastfeeding, and may also be of interest to your caregivers.
The information on this website does not replace the advice of your health care provider.
© Australian Breastfeeding Association February 2015