I realize now that a lot of moms do make birth plans but NOT breastfeeding plans. And I have to admit I am quite nervous in making both plans. I do realize that each birth and baby are different and despite all the planning and preparation I make for this birth, it is definitely possible that none of these plans will be followed.
Despite that, I would highly recommend that moms draft and prepare both a birth and breastfeeding plan to remind them of their goals even if some detour needs to be taken. You can also read here why it is important to prepare a breastfeeding plan. And if you are reading this and newly pregnant, I would suggest that you check out Best for Babes Breastfeeding Checklist which outlines a breastfeeding preparation schedule as early as the first trimester.
You can download some sample breastfeeding plans form:
1. Lara of MamaPearDesigns
2. Texas WIC - Breastmilk Counts
Apart from drafting your breastfeeding plan, you can also write a letter for the health worker assigned to you during your hospital stay, emphasizing the importance of his/her support your breastfeeding success.
In my breastfeeding plan, the essentials would be:
Exclusive Breastfeeding, Skin to Skin, No Artificial Nipples, Rooming-In
A lot of moms are quite wary about rooming in especially since the nurses at the hospital scare them by saying - "Mommy, once you get the baby, you can't return her to the nursery" or "Mommy, the hospital stay is your chance to rest because someone else will take care of your baby - unlike when you go home, there is no nursery for baby". In my opinion, rooming-in is critical in breastfeeding success. Honestly, when your baby is in the necessary, you don't know whether someone gives him/her a pacifier or worse - glucose water or formula!
As for the other essentials, I am happy that they are being espoused in the Essential Newborn Care Protocol promoted through the DOH's Unang Yakap Program. I know that the ENC team has been quite busy going around the country to promote this program. And I hope that the hospitals being visited DO implement the program.
Did you make a breastfeeding plan? or are you planning to prepare one?