According to Watson Genna (2017) all the neurons a baby can use form in the baby’s brain by 28 weeks gestation. Not all these neurons will be used. The neurons that aren’t stimulated or ‘fired’ don’t wire. In other words: Use them or lose them!! Stimulation of the baby such, as being held by its parents, kissed, cuddled, and fed causes certain neurons to fire and in turn, hard wire into established pathways.
You imagine your baby nuzzling into you, and latching on, getting all the milky goodness, as well as looking deep into your eyes and bonding with you, while feelings of contentment, belonging, and love wash over you both, while your partner supports you both in this new family. This is exactly what breastfeeding can be for you. But in order to make it as seamless as possible, and give you the best start, there are many things that you can do now while pregnant that will make all the difference once baby is here.