Breast-Feeding - Topic Overview
How do you
For each feeding, you go through
these basic steps:
- Get ready for the feeding. Be calm and
relaxed, and try not to be distracted. Get some water or juice for yourself. And have two or three pillows to help support your baby while he or she is nursing.
- Find a breast-feeding
position that is comfortable for you and your baby, such as the
cross-cradle or the football hold. Make sure the baby's head and
chest are lined up straight and facing your breast. It's best to switch which breast you
start with each time.
- Get the baby latched on properly.
Your baby's mouth needs to be wide open, like a yawn, so you may
need to gently touch the middle of your baby's lower lip. When your baby's
mouth is open wide, quickly bring the baby onto your nipple and areola (the
dark circle around your nipple).
- Provide a complete feeding. Let your baby nurse for at least 15 minutes. Be sure to burp your baby after each breast.
Talk to your doctor right away if you
are having problems and aren't sure what to do. Don't be afraid to call even
if you don't quite know what it is that is bothering you. Your doctor is used
to parents of newborns calling. He or she can help you figure out if there is a
problem, and if so, how to fix it.
How often do you need to feed your baby?
your baby whenever he or she is hungry. In the first 2 weeks, your baby will
breast-feed about every 1 to 3 hours. This schedule can make you very tired.
But know that your baby will soon start eating more at each feeding, and you
won't need to breast-feed as often.
Plan for times when you
will be apart from your baby. Use a breast pump to collect breast milk ahead of
time. You can store milk in the refrigerator or freezer for times when someone
else will be taking care of your baby.