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Breastfeeding Advice: 5 Tips for getting off to a great start

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by | 7 views
Debbie Page
The New Born Baby

 

1. Connect with breastfeeding mothers while you are pregnant.

You can join online groups, but nothing replaces sitting with mothers while they feed their babies. Look for breastfeeding groups in your community. Breastfeeding mothers are a special breed–they love supporting one another.

2. Meet with a lactation consultant or breastfeeding specialist during your pregnancy. 

This can be much more beneficial than taking a generic class. Most classes just offer you the same information you can get from a book or the internet. You want to meet with someone highly skilled in working with breastfeeding mothers and babies–someone who will teach you how to survive your hospital stay without succumbing to formula–it’s much harder than you think. You also want someone who understands breastfeeding beyond your hospital stay. Most lactation consultants work with babies in the hospital and don’t have experience with babies once they leave the hospital.

3. Have a breastfeeding advocate with you or reachable by phone while you’re in the hospital.

You will have questions and maybe concerns. Nurses love to give moms a good night’s sleep which can be a slippery slope for breastfeeding. You will be too excited, too tired, too in love with your baby to fight the “force”. Have your support person call your private lactation consultant for advice and support.

4. Snuggle with your baby as many hours as you can up to 24 hours a day, depending on where you deliver. 

Keep your baby in skin to skin contact on your chest between your breasts. This will signal your body to make lots of milk. Your baby will be perfectly warm, safe and secure, and calm which is the formula for successful breastfeeding. Let your baby feed as often as she wants: typically 8-12 feedings every 24 hours. If your baby is sleepy and not waking to feed or isn’t feeding well, express your milk by hand into a spoon and feed it to her.

5. Plan to see your private lactation consultant within 24-48 hours after leaving the hospital. 

She will help ensure that your baby is breastfeeding well and drinking plenty of milk. She will also help you and your husband adjust to those early days of life with baby. Eat, drink and get lots of sleep.

Debbie makes her home in Sterling, Massachusetts with her husband Duncan and 21 year old son Daniel. They both enjoy the company of their five adult sons, one daughter and two daughter-in-laws. They are trying to patiently wait for grandchildren. Debbie can be reached at www.thenewbornbaby.com
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