Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful way to nourish your baby. It can also be challenging and overwhelming for new mothers. Join Nancy White, RN, IBCLC, a board-certified lactation consultant, and Julia Cormano, MD, FACOG as they discuss the basics of breastfeeding, and provide helpful tips for your breastfeeding journey.
Some of the questions they answer include:
When should I start breastfeeding my baby?
It’s recommended that you start breastfeeding your baby as soon as possible after delivery, ideally within the first hour. This is when your baby is most alert and ready to nurse, and it also helps stimulate milk production. If you have a C-section or other complications, you may need to wait a bit longer, but you should still try to breastfeed as soon as you can.
How often should I breastfeed my baby?
Newborns typically need to feed every 2-3 hours, or 8-12 times per day. As your baby grows and their stomach capacity increases, they may go longer between feedings. However, it’s important to remember that every baby is different, and you should follow your baby’s hunger cues rather than a strict schedule.
How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?
One of the most common concerns of new mothers is whether their baby is getting enough milk. Signs that your baby is getting enough milk include wet and dirty diapers, weight gain, and contentment after feedings. If you’re still unsure, talk to your healthcare provider or a lactation consultant.
Watch Breastfeeding: Common Questions to learn more.
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