NB: There will be no audio for this lesson, as visuals are more relevant to use
Aim #1 – To give my child the best nutrition he needs for his growing body, by breastfeeding.
Step One – Setting yourself up for success
In Week Seven/Day Seven – Exercise Day: Creating all of your aims you learnt how to create mirror affirmations. By now, you may have already created your affirmations in relation to this aim, however if you haven’t, now is a good time to do this, in preparation for adding them into your action plan.
Here are a few affirmations that would suit this breastfeeding aim:
- I am a confident mother
- Everything rises and passes away
- There is value in every experience I have
These affirmations could be included in your daily mirror affirmations, which serves to teach your brain to learn to think this way more habitually.
Create reminder notes around the house: Write some little reminders that keep you feeling encouraged and focussed about your aims. Stick them around your house where it is appropriate. Some appropriate breastfeeding reminders might be:
- I get better at breastfeeding with practice
- The pain will pass
- It’s okay to be learning something new
You can see that the affirmations that you will use in your mirror affirmations are more broad and not specific to your aim, yet they still relate to your aim. They teach your brain to, not only look at the situation differently, but also your life too. The reminder notes are specifically for the purpose of keeping you on track with your aims (in this case, breastfeeding).
Step Two – Prioritise your list of options
From the previous step, here is the list of options that we had decided would be worth trying and that aligned with the case study’s bigger picture goals. I have taken this list and put it in order of priority (that is, what needs to come first). Your priorities may be different to what I list below. Remember, this is just an example to show you how to do these steps:
- Seek help from a lactation consultant.
- Correct diet and good health in order to keep milk supply
- Find help/support via a mother’s forum on breastfeeding
- Research and learn about the feeding process; what happens in my body and how it all works.
Step Three – Create a Timeline for your priorities.
- Seek help from a lactation consultant. (Make two bookings – 1 x initial lesson and 1 x follow up to check technique)
- Correct diet and good health in order to keep milk supply (Daily)
- Find help/support via a mother’s forum on breastfeeding (Daily to keep me encouraged and supported)
- Research and learn about the feeding process; what happens in my body and how it all works. (Read little bits over the next week)
Step Four – The Set up Phase
Questions to ask yourself: What do I need in order to use these options? What preparations do I need to make before I can use it?
- Call the lactation consultant and book two sessions
- Fill up 2litre jug full of water, daily so that I can keep track of how much water I drink
- Buy plenty of fruit and convenient healthy snacks (like nuts) so that I can quickly snack healthily when needed.
- Join www.essentialbaby.com.au or a similar parenting forum so that I can log on daily and read the breasfeeding forum for inspiration and encouragement, or to ask questions when I need to.
- Print out the research material I find on ‘how the body breasfeeding process works’ and keep it close by to read it when I can.
Step Five – Creating your plan
Now it’s time to bring all of these steps together and put them onto your action plan that you are going to put in a prominent place around your home. Again, at the end of the week when you get to create your specific plan, you are welcome to be creative and design your own plan. The one below is just a template:
In tomorrow’s lesson, we are going to add to this plan, after setting up the action plan for aim #2: To communicate better with my partner and create a harmonious loving relationship.