The cradle, the crossover, the football hold. They may sound like terms thrown around at the gym, but they are actually techniques moms can use to make feeding their newborn easier.

While practice and patience go a long way, some moms may experience a few unexpected feeding challenges in the beginning. Prenatal feeding prep can work wonders.

Here are a few things you can do before baby arrives for a smooth transition into the world of feeding your baby:

Find your ‘breast’ friend
Trained professionals can help with breastfeeding techniques. Speak with your doctor or a lactation consultant in advance and keep their contact information handy for any hurdles that may come along the way. Treat them like your breast friend — don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Keep it cool
Did you know breast milk production in the beginning can sometimes be greater than baby’s appetite? As a result, breasts may become sore and engorged. Have icepacks on hand to help alleviate the discomfort.

Bottle basics
Breast is best for baby. But just in case, remember to research your formula options in advance. There are differences between formulas — look for one like Good Start Natural Cultures, which has B. lactis, a probiotic that contributes to baby’s healthy digestive tract. Keep some on hand so if you need it, you won’t have to make any rushed decisions.

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