Breastfeeding Your Newborn
When it comes to breastfeeding your newborn baby, we know that new parents have many questions and concerns. Blissful Baby Services recognizes that you want to be as prepared as possible to ensure that you are meeting your baby’s needs. We’re going to address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding breastfeeding.
Nursing Your Baby Week 1
To begin with, for the first week, frequent nursing encourages good milk supply and will reduce engorgement. It is recommended that you nurse at least 10 times a day.
When should you nurse?
The best time to nurse your baby is at the first sign of hunger. Signs that your baby is hungry include stirring, rooting, and baby bringing hands to mouth. You definitely want to be prepared as it’s much easier to get a calm baby to latch properly as opposed to calming down a hungry, crying, baby. Remember, your precious bundle of joy has a tiny little stomach and your fabulous milk is quickly being digested. Prepare to nurse every 2+ hours in the early days.
How do I know my baby is eating enough?
If your baby seems content after eating, eating on a regular schedule, and gaining weight, then your baby is getting enough to eat. In the early days, your baby will typically have 1 wet and dirty diaper for each day of life. Meaning, 1 on day 1 of each, 2 on day 2 of each etc.. On day 4, once mom’s milk comes in, this will change into more wet and dirty diapers per day.
Will I leak in Public?
The answer is more than likely, YES! When your milk is coming in and your supply is becoming established, it is not uncommon to leak. The good news is that you can purchase breast pads that you can place inside your bra so that your shirt doesn’t get soaking wet.
How can I increase my milk supply?
Nurse! Nurse! Nurse! The more your baby eats the more milk you will produce. You can also pump after feeding your baby along with in between feedings. Make sure that you’re staying well hydrated by drinking a lot of water and eating a balanced diet. Remember, while you’re nursing, you’re going to need to consume around 500 additional calories throughout the day.
How can I find a Lactation Consultant?
Contact Blissful Baby Services or ask your Pediatrician! Happy nursing!
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