Breast feeding facts
If you are or planning to breastfeed here are some helpful tips. When you start have a lactation consultant help you. If it hurts your baby may not be latched properly, try again, pop your finger in the side of their mouth while they're nursing so you can re-latch them on better make sure the nipple is in by starting with the bottom above their mouth towards their nose. With your opposite arm, pull your baby close to you, tilt their head back slightly and tickle their lips with your nipple until they open their mouth wide.
Lay your baby on his side, with the front of his body facing you; his head, shoulders and hips should be in a straight line and his mouth should be level with, and directly in front of, your nipple. If he is too low, stack another pillow on your lap. You want the baby to come to your breast, rather than leaning over to bring your breast to them.
A fussy baby: If the baby keeps pulling off and on, or wiggling around, he’s probably not comfortable. Check that he is on his side, with his shoulders aligned with his hips, and prop him up with an extra pillow if necessary. If he’s still fussy, he may need to be burped.
Back pain: If you’re feeling back pain, you’re likely leaning forward. Sit up straight and reposition your baby so they are level with your breast. You want the baby to come to your breast, rather than leaning over to bring your breast to them. Using a small stool under your feet to lift your knees higher than your hips will also help you sit tall and take the pressure off your lower back.
Common question: How can I tell whether my baby's getting enough breast milk? After a feeding, your baby seems relaxed and satisfied. Your breast should feel softer, less firm. In the first few days, when your baby is getting your thick, valuable colostrum, she may have only one or two wet diapers a day. After your milk comes in, though, your baby will wet six to eight cloth diapers a day, or five or six disposables. (Disposables can hold more liquid than cloth diapers.)
In the first month, your baby has at least three stools a day, and they lighten to a yellowy mustard color by the fifth day after birth. She may have less frequent bowel movements once she's a month old. In fact, it's not uncommon for breastfed babies to skip a day of bowel movements now and then.
For you: Drink plenty of fluids, lots of water, eat a healthy balanced diet, avoid caffeine as much as possible (though a little is okay) be cautious with your medications talk to your doctor. Please don't smoke, for your health and especially theirs.
If you're concerned that your baby isn't getting enough milk, don't hesitate to call your baby's doctor or check in with a nurse or lactation consultant.
If breast-feeding is tougher than you expected, try not to get discouraged. Feeding a newborn every few hours is exhausting, and it's OK to have a slow start. Just remember that the more often you breast-feed your baby, the more milk your breasts will produce — and the more natural breast-feeding is likely to feel.
Yes, yes yes!! You will strain your back, shoulders and neck if you try to move yourself forward. Bring them to you, not the other way around.