Here are the answers to the questions every parent asks!
Q. How soon after I deliver should I feed?
A: Nurse the baby soon after delivery and often—if the baby shows cues—go for it! Skin to skin feels great and offers a lot of benefits to both of you.
Q. My breasts feel soft, is there anything in there?
A: Yes, there is milk in there! Colostrum-- the super charged early milk begins forming in the second trimester—just in case you deliver early—your baby will be fed! The smaller quantity initially is perfect for what your baby needs.
Q. When will I start to make more milk?
A: Approximately 48-72 after birth your milk will “come in” This means more volume! Remember: Milk supply depends on demand. The more the baby demands it—the more your body will supply!
Q. What should I do to prepare for each feeding?
A: Get yourself comfortable first—empty your bladder, take pain meds if you need them, sit in a comfortable chair or bed, use pillows to help prop the baby. Always have water and a healthy snack nearby to keep you well hydrated and nourished.
Q. Is breastfeeding supposed to hurt?
A: No! Learning how to latch the baby deeply is the key to happiness. A deep latch makes feeding comfortable for you and the baby removes the milk with much greater ease. So don’t be afraid to really go for it when the baby opens her mouth!
Q. How often should I feed the baby?
A: Nurse 8 times ( or more if baby asks) a day. Wake at 3 hours if the baby doesn’t wake up on her own.
Q. Do I have to eat or drink anything special?
A: Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Eat healthy nutritious food. All the food that was off limits during pregnancy is ok now.
(eat that cheese! Buy that sushi)
Q. How will I know if the baby is getting enough?
A: Keep track of the pees and poops (what goes in, must come out—so if the baby is feeding well—the output will be good.) Your hospital will provide you with a log to track dirty diapers.
Q. What should I do if I am having trouble?
A: Get help! Make an appointment with a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Follow up with the pediatrician. You should have an appointment within 1-2 days after discharge from the hospital for a weight check and overall evaluation.
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