Offering your baby regular breastfeeds, when your baby is hungry, ensures your milk supply will grow to match your baby’s needs. The more baby feeds, the more milk you will produce for them.
Baby should have a wide open mouth to latch onto the breast correctly. Your baby should take lots of breast tissue into their mouth to help them feed well and efficiently – not just the nipple.
Breastfeeding should not be painful if you and your baby are doing it correctly. Check the shape of your nipple when baby comes off the breast. It should be round and look normal, and not be "pinched" or misshaped.
Cold, green cabbage leaves are great at soothing hard engorged breasts when your milk comes in. Pop a couple into your bra for half an hour or so after each feed.
Encourage baby to empty the first breast at each feed. This way they’ll get both the thirst-quenching foremilk, and the richer hindmilk each time.
On average, a breastfed baby will want to feed every 2-4 hrs. A feed can last 10 mins to over an hour at first. Every mum and baby is unique and will have their own pattern of feeds
Accept any help you can get from those around you in the early weeks, so you can concentrate on establishing breastfeeding and looking after yourself and your baby.
For first-month tummy gripes and wind, try holding baby upright over your shoulder after feeds, rubbing and patting their back. Pick them up for soothing cuddles – you can’t spoil them at this age.
Using a lanolin nipple cream can help soothe your nipples in the early weeks of feeding. Use a small amount on the nipple only after a feed.
Signs your baby is getting enough milk are if they are settling between feeds, waking at regular intervals to be fed, have yellow runny stools and lots of wet nappies, and are gaining weight steadily.
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