Breastfeeding – the first three days

Posted on June 26th, 2019

If you are a first-time breastfeeding mommy, here are five things you should know for those early days. Compiled by Lijeng Ranooe

Breastfeeding

The benefits of breastfeeding go beyond nutrition for your baby. During the first three days of nursing, you will probably still try to figure out how and when to feed your baby. Find some reassurance by knowing what to expect with these five helpful bits of information.

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Skin-to-skin

Skin-to-skin contact with your baby can help her latch on faster. Be patient, as it usually takes newborns an hour to latch naturally. Take your time and enjoy bonding with your baby.

ALSO SEE: How to get a good breastfeeding latch

Get some sleep

Rest is crucial to recuperate after labour. It will help you to feel more relaxed when nursing your little one, maintain your energy levels for a new baby, and ensure milk production.

Don’t schedule breastfeeding

For those first few days, try to breastfeed your baby on demand, as the breast milk is important for your baby’s early development.

Know what to expect

Talk to your doctor about what to look out for when you start to breastfeed and when to be concerned. Follow your intuition.

ALSO SEE: How to prepare for breastfeeding

Prepare for the second night

Your newborn will most likely sleep peacefully for long periods of time on her first day. Be prepared after those 24 hours, as she will now be awake and want to be fed and soothed.

 

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