Breastfeeding by alicejenny



                                                                                                                       Your baby is hungry if they:
                                                                                                                       +	 Smack	their	lips	or	make	sucking	sounds
                                                                                                                       +	 Bring	one	or	both	hands	to	mouth
                                                                                                                       +	 Move	their	head	side	to	side,	searching
                                                                                                                       +	 Turn	themselves	towards	breast
                                                                                                                       +	 Bobb	their	head	on	your	chest
                                                                                                                       	 or	breast
                                                                                                                       +	 Throw	themselves	to	the	side	
                                                                                                                       +	 Cry

The First Few Days                                            _______________________________
                                                              Facts about Colostrum:
                                                                                                                       their age in days until day four and wet diapers until day

The best start for breastfeeding is placing the baby          + Can be yellow or clear in color                        By day 3, your baby may be nursing more vigorously. It
skin-to-skin immediately after birth for at least one hour.                                                            is normal for newborns to lose up to 10% of their birth
This time with mom helps baby awaken and be more
                                                              + High in protein                                        weight in the first 3 – 4 days of life. Frequent feedings
able to breastfeed. After delivery, with no complications,    + Filled with the essential nutrients your               helps your baby gain back their lost weight. His/her
the baby should be placed directly onto your chest and          baby needs                                             stools should be green. This is called transitional stool.
may be covered with a warming blanket by the staff.           + Easily digested
Placing your baby skin-to-skin after birth helps stabilize                                                             On days 4 & 5, your breasts should feel heavy and
blood sugar, regulate and stabilize heart rate and skin       + Helps loosen mucous in baby                            full. This is a sign that your mature milk has come in.
temperature. Practicing skin-to-skin can help minimize                                                                 The amount of milk your baby drinks per feeding will
any separation and lead to a great start at breastfeeding.
                                                              + Helps to clear the baby’s intestinal tract             increase. Do not miss any feedings at this time. It is
                                                              + Contains antibodies and passive immunities to          important that your baby feed frequently and empty
                                                                                                                       your breasts completely. This will reduce your risk of
Breastfeeding in the Hospital or                                protect your baby
                                                                                                                       painful engorgement and ensure a good initial milk
Birthing Center:                                              + Coats baby’s stomach and intestines in                 supply.
If possible, try to breastfeed your baby within the first       preparation for digestion of mature milk
hour of birth. Ask to see a Lactation Consultant or a         _______________________________
nurse when you are ready to start feeding. The staff
should be able to help you get the baby latched on
correctly. You will be learning how to feed your baby
                                                          You should put your baby to breast every 11/2 to 2 hours,
                                                          with one 3 to 4 hour sleep cycle, during their first few
                                                                                                                        To Wake a Sleepy Baby
over the next 48 hours, so pay close attention. Ask       days of life. A good feed should last 15–20 minutes           •	Place	baby	skin-to-skin	during	feed
questions!                                                on each side. If your baby is “sleepy”, be sure to wake       •	Unwrap,	if	swaddled
                                                          him/her to feed until they can do so on their own.            •	Remove	hats	and	hand	covers
In the first few days, your breasts produce a substance   Some babies want to feed a few times in a 2–3 hour            •	Wipe	cheeks	or	head	with	a	cool	cloth
called colostrum. This liquid provides your newborn with period. This is called “cluster feeding” and is normal, but
the nutrients and infection-fighting antibodies it needs. may or may not happen with your baby. Allow baby              •	Change	their	diaper
Colostrum is produced in small amounts, only about        unrestricted access to Mom. While baby is learning how        •	Stroke	feet,	legs	and	back
1 teaspoon per feeding. A newborn baby should be          to breastfeed, your milk supply begins to establish.          •	Change	baby’s	position
nursing 8–12 times per day, so they will only be “eating”
8–12 teaspoons per day. Healthy, term newborns do         Expect your baby to have one or two wet diapers and
not need any water or formula unless there is a medical stools on days 1 & 2. The first stools are called meconium     Remember to call Seminole County WIC at 407-665-3705
problem.                                                  and are dark and tarry. Colostrum helps pass these stools    to report the birth of your baby after discharge.
                                                          more quickly. Your baby’s dirty diapers should equal


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