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Breastfeeding 101: What Every Black Woman Needs to Know Part II

4/12/2011, 4:38 p.m.

Kathi Barber, founder of the African American Breastfeeding Alliance and author of The Black Woman's Guide to Breastfeeding (Sourcebooks), shares these tips for breastfeeding success.

1. Prepare in Advance - Read as much as you can about breastfeeding before B-day (birth) comes. This includes books and brochures on how to breastfeed, pumping breastmilk, storing breastmilk, how to overcome breastfeeding challenges, nursing in public, etc.

2. Get Help - The more support you have during your breastfeeding experience, the better off you'll be. It's important to have your spouse/partner on-board with your choice to breastfeed. Studies have shown that the more support a woman has during breastfeeding increases her chances of breastfeeding longer and more successfully. As your OB for the number of a local breastfeeding support group and get the number of the hospital's Lactation Consultant. Then, use those numbers when you need to!

3. Be Resolute - To have a good breastfeeding experience, it's vital for you to resolve in your own mind that "I will succeed at breastfeeding." If you are resolute in your desire to have a good breastfeeding experience then you will be more mentally fit to face any challenges--social or physical--that may come your way.

The right products can help make your breastfeeding experience more enjoyable. Here are some favorites:

Bravado Designs' Microfiber Nursing Bras and Tanks are the most comfortable and fashionable bras out there. The bras are made of 100% cotton, with no under wire so it is comfortable to wear. The embellished designs make moms feel sexy and fun. Bravado bras and tanks come in sassy colors and prints. Their whole line of nursing lingerie, including their full figure designs, provide support, shape and style while allowing mom's to easily nurse their babies. Get yours at www.bravadodesigns.com ($35-$47)

The Medela Single Deluxe Battery/Electric Breastpump is perfect for parents who have to feed their baby anytime, anywhere. The pump gives Dad's a chance to feed their babies if the Mom isn't around and allows parents to go out while ensuring their baby is properly fed. The suction control makes the pump easy to use while it's lightweight and compact features allow it to be easily packed away. Get yours at Target and other major retailers for $65.