Prenatal Prep

Prenatal Breastfeeding Education is KEY to Success

Maybe you’re expecting your first child, or maybe it isn’t your first child but you’re hoping to breastfeed this time around or more successfully than in the past. Maybe you’ve read lots of books on childbirth and parenting and maybe even on breastfeeding. Maybe you’ve taken childbirth classes and talked to all your friends who have children about their experiences with birth and parenthood, and maybe even gotten unsolicited advice and all the horror stories your friends and family can muster.

But have you signed up to take a breastfeeding class? (Please say yes.)

You’ll take a weeks-long childbirth class for an event that takes place in the span of a day (hopefully!), please do yourself a favor and take a two-hour breastfeeding class that will teach you things you’ll be using for the next, what? 6 weeks? 6 months? 2 years? You won’t be disappointed.

It bears repeating: Take a breastfeeding class.

This is one of the most important things you can do to help you have success after your baby arrives. Other things you should do: Ask for information about breastfeeding support groups and one-on-one help. Go to a LLL meeting or support group meeting when you’re still pregnant. Ask breastfeeding friends to let you hang out – you don’t have to get all up in baby’s business, but being around a nursing mother and seeing what her nursing routine is can be helpful.

And when baby is born, use all this knowledge you’ve gained to help you get started off on the right foot. Return to the LLL meetings or support groups. Invite your nursing friends over to nurse along with you. Ask questions. Ask for help. Ask for support. You won’t regret it.

And, if you’re in the Tallahassee area and looking for one-on-one prenatal education, I can be reached at


Info from Best for Babes: Just 3 Things Every Expecting Mom Should Do.

Packing Your Hospital Bags

Hospital Birth TallahasseeA big question people who are planning a hospital birth often have is What do I pack for the hospital?

I recommend packing two bags – one with everything you need for labor and for a few hours after your new baby is born, and then a second one with everything you will need during your hospital stay.

For your labor bag, I recommend packing:
  1. A change of clothes for and your partner, including extra socks (If you’re interested in wearing your own clothes, may I recommend a nursing tank and jersey skirt?)
  2. A bathrobe
  3. Slippers and/or flip flops
  4. Ponytail holders and/or bobby pins
  5. Massage tools and lightly or non-scented lotion
  6. Lollipops (great for when you want a new taste in your mouth but aren’t up for eating)
  7. Snacks (nuts, fruit, and Clif bars are my favorites)
  8. Water (preferably a reusable water bottle as you will need to drink 4-5 ounces per hour during labor)
  9. Toothpaste and toothbrush
  10. Pillows (I love a bed full of pillows — I brought five!)
  11. Music player
  12. Camera and charger
  13. Baby book for footprints (they typically do the footprints before they move you to the third floor)

For your hospital-stay bag:

  1. Comfortable clothes for you and your partner
  2. Clothes for the baby to come home in (they’ll have all the clothes and diapers he’ll need for during your stay)
  3. Bath stuff
  4. Carseat (leave in car until you’re ready to be discharged)