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Breastfeeding – A Quick Survival Guide to the First Six Weeks!

Breastfeeding

With the new arrival you will need some time to learn your feeding technique! Breastfeeding
is a learning process for both you and your baby so here are a few things to keep in mind
in the first few weeks….

Think of a large marble……

This is roughly the size of the newborns stomach. With this in mind, your baby needs to eat
at least every 2-3 hours. If you have concerns about producing enough milk to keep up with
the demand, don’t. What you baby takes, your body makes!

Ouch!!……

Yes, breastfeeding may hurt and cause sore nipples in the first few days but it should not
hurt for the whole feeding or longer than a few days. If pain persists, seek help! Most of
the time the solution is simply a matter of adjusting your latching technique.
But if that doesn’t help there are nifty little things called nipple shields to help you
to get past the soreness.

Wow!!…..

If you didn’t think your breast could be this big, or feel this hard, don’t worry, they
will settle down after the first few days.Choose a really soft stretchy nursing bra for this period of time – you’ll be glad you did!

Listen to your instincts…..

If you’re hungry, eat. If you’re tired, nap. If you’re too tired to welcome visitors, defer.
In other words, it’s essential to take care of yourself as well as your baby in thee first
few weeks – you are doing important work!

Mastered!…..

By about 6 weeks, you will settle into a routine. Life will feel more normal again, your
breasts will look more normal and suddenly, your family is the new normal!

But most of all just remember, mastering breastfeeding takes time. Give yourself and your baby enough time to adjust, to learn and relax …. and fall in love….