How to Breastfeed Your New Born Baby

How to Breastfeed Your New Born Baby

In that first week after birth you are trying to get to know your new little human whilst still recovering from the delivery. The expectations on you to get up and on with it and to basically be a superwoman all whilst having your milk come in and possibly even getting the “baby blues” can all be a bit much.  But the best thing you can do is focus on your baby and your breastfeeding on track.

When Should I Start Breastfeeding My Bew Born?

The “magic hour” is the first hour after birth when you need to get your baby to latch on and suck – this will tell the cells in your breasts to begin

What If The Birth Doesn’t Go To Plan?

If you have to have an emergency a c-section or there are other complications, you may still be able to have skin-to-skin time with your baby and breastfeed in the first few hours. Alternatively, let him have skin-to-skin time with your partner instead and express your milk until you are able to feed.

Is My Baby Latching On Correctly?

Good attachment is crucial for getting breastfeeding off to a good start, as it affects how well he drinks the milk and consequently how he grows and develops. When your baby is latching on, aim your nipple towards the roof of his mouth. This way he will latch on to the nipple, as well as some of the areola beneath it. This means he can draw both the nipple and some breast tissue into his mouth and feed well. The latch should feel pretty comfortable and like a tugging sensation rather than a pain,”

How Often Should A New Born Feed?

Every baby is different and some drink straight away while others may sleep for a while.

By the time your milk comes in, around days two to four, your baby will probably be nursing eight to 12 times every 24 hours (sometimes more), including during the night. These early feeds can take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to 45 minutes to an hour, as your baby is still developing the muscles and coordination he needs to suck efficiently.

Will Breastfeeding Hurt?

 The first couple of days can be uncomfortable as your body and baby get used to breastfeeding. If your baby stays on the breast too long and isn’t attached well you can damage your nipples. Preventing damage is better than having to treat it, so see a lactation consultant or breastfeeding specialist if pain continues after the first few days.

How Often Will My New Born Poo And Wee?

When it comes to your baby’s wee, it should be pale yellow. An average new born has one wee for each day of his life… until about day three, when he should have about three wet nappies daily, and from day five, five or more wet nappies daily. You should also notice these nappies getting heavier over the first few days.

Is My Baby Getting Enough Breast Milk?

Because you only produce small amounts of milk at first, you might worry it won’t satisfy your new born. But if you’re feeding on demand, you should be producing what your baby needs. If you want to keep track, check the number of dirty and wet nappies he’s producing, as shown above. If he isn’t following this pattern, seek medical advice.

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