One of the most important ways of getting ready to breastfeed is by getting to know your equipment. You can do this by regularly massaging your breasts before and after the birth of your baby. Massage your breasts gently with tissue oil once a day in the shower or bath, under the warm water, as part of your daily routine. The tissue oil decreases friction over the skin surface. Be sure to massage on the breast tissue, from your chest wall through to the nipple. Think about your breast as if it were the face of a clock, and your nipple the centre of it, then massage from each number, through towards the centre. This familiarises you with your breasts and encourages the recognition and early detection of any potential problems. Don’t massage the areola or nipple area before birth as this can stimulate contractions. Regular breast care also helps with drainage through the ducts. Continue your breast care routine after the birth of your baby. Massage your breasts once a day in the shower and also before or after a feed (so several times a day). Try to do it over a basin in front of a mirror so that you can observe and note any changes as your breasts fill and become heavier. Apply a warm facecloth over your breast for a few seconds to warm your hands and breast and massage with tissue oil. This will help manage the filling of your breasts as the milk volume increases and your milk comes in. Wipe the oil off gently before feeding.