Breast Feeding?

With our next baby, I want to breast feed only. I didn't with K. What are something tips and things to know about breast feeding?

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    03/09/15
    The first month is definitely the hardest. Some babies are naturals and can latch on perfectly without any outside help needed, but most need extra help. Don't be afraid to ask for help, La Leche League is awesome, I'd start going late in pregnancy so you get the connections and names and numbers-some local group leaders will even come see you in the hospital. (www.llli.org)

    Drink LOTS and LOTS of water.

    If baby is fussy for no reason, look at what you're eating. What you eat will affect baby. I always avoid or severely limit gassy foods for the first six months-greens, tomatoes and I know there are more. For my kids, dairy is a huge culprit, but that's not always the case for others.

    Make sure you have lanolin (I prefer lansinoh brand-purple tube at Walmart) and nursing pads (diapers.com has them for a good price) and 4-5 nursing bras.

    Cuddle skin to skin as much as you can, especially those first few days. The smell of baby will help your milk come in faster as it raises hormones as does the closeness of baby. There are many benefits of immediate skin to skin for both you and baby.

    If baby is jaundice, do not formula feed-just nurse, your breastmilk is made to act like a laxative to flush it out. And the 'formula' of breastmilk will also change when baby is sick or not feeling well.

    The first month (if not two) you will also feel like baby is eating all the time. It helps your milk get established.

    Breastmilk digests faster than formula.
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