20 Must-Ask Questions about Breastfeeding and Postpartum for Your Doctor
October 15, 2018
When your new bundle of joy arrives, the real work begins. The hours, days and weeks following delivery bring a whole new set of challenges and milestones.
It may be hard to imagine life with a new baby, but now is the time to ask your doctor some essential questions about the postpartum stages and breastfeeding.1
Here are a few that every expecting mom should ask:
1.Will I be able to hold my baby immediately after delivery?
2. How soon after delivery will I be able to breastfeed my baby?
3. Will a lactation specialist be available if I ask for support?
4. How long do you think it will take after delivery before I can resume normal activities?
5. What’s normal regarding the “baby blues” and how will I know if it’s time to ask for help?
6. What medications should I avoid while breastfeeding?
7. Are there any foods that I should cut from my diet while I’m breastfeeding?
8. What physical postpartum problems should I watch for in the weeks following delivery?
9. How will I know if my baby isn’t getting enough milk through breastfeeding alone?
10. If I need a C-section, what should I expect for my recovery?
11. When do you recommend my first postpartum visit?
12. What form of birth control should I use postpartum?
13. What kinds of breastfeeding support and resources are available to me after I leave the hospital?
14. Can I choose the pediatrician who will take care of my child while we are in the hospital?
15. Will records about my pregnancy and delivery automatically transfer to my primary caregiver after my postpartum visit?
16. What should I know about expressing milk and storing it?
17. What should I expect regarding weight loss during the first weeks delivering my baby?
18. Do you recommend any physical activity restrictions after giving birth?
19. What is your advice about nutrition if I breastfeed my baby?
20. How can I reach you if I have questions while I’m at the hospital?
Start with these questions and add any others that come up between visits to your doctor, which will be weekly during the last month of your pregnancy.
This is an exciting time. It can be difficult to comprehend all the changes that will happen over the next few months. Bringing a written list of questions to your doctor and taking notes about their answers is one of the best ways you can collect high-quality and accurate information about your specific situation.
As you transition from your last trimester of pregnancy to the postpartum and breastfeeding stages, your nutritional needs may change. Be sure to talk with your doctor about how best to support those needs with vitamins for breastfeeding. Ask if the Prenate® Vitamin Family, specially formulated for pregnancy and beyond, may be right for you.