• Initiate breastfeeding soon after giving birth. Shortly after birth, your baby is usually alert and receptive, unless you were given pain medication that affects his alertness, such as narcotics, within two hours of his birth. Realize that your first few breastfeeding sessions are practice sessions — for both of you. Breastfeeding success or failure isn’t determined in the first few feedings. The goal in the first few sessions is to familiarize you both to the process and to stimulate the breasts to begin the milk-production process.
  • Breastfeed often. This is easiest if you keep the baby in your room, day and night, so you see the cues that indicate he’s ready to nurse. Don’t wait for the baby to cry to try to breastfeed; crying is a late sign of hunger. When he starts stirring, turns his head from side to side and opens his mouth like he’s looking for the nipple, he’s ready to eat. Newborn babies nurse as frequently as every two to three hours, explains healthychildren.org, the website of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Make sure your baby takes the entire areola, the brown area around the nipple, into his mouth. If he just sucks on the nipple, you will experience sore nipples, and he won’t get enough milk. If he has a good latch, his nose should nearly touch your breast and his lips will flange out. If you’re uncomfortable, take him off the breast by inserting your finger into the corner of his mouth to break the suction and then reposition him.
  • Listen for the sound of active swallowing while your baby nurses. If she gulps and chokes at the beginning of the feeding, express a little milk before she begins nursing to slow the flow.
  • Offer the second breast after she nurses 15 to 20 minutes on the first. Nursing for at least this long allows her to empty the first breast. This ensures that she gets the hindmilk, which has a higher fat content and will keep her content longer.
  • If he’s producing six wet diapers and having three bowel movements per day at one week, he’s getting enough breast milk.
  • After nursing your baby, pump to empty each breast. Pumping after nursing will increase your supply.
  • Eat healthier, smaller, more frequent meals.
  • Stay hydrated – more water & juice; less caffeine.
  • Remember to P.U.M.P.
    • Pump after your baby has nursed at least 15 -20 minutes on the first breast and on the second breast until done, and when you are separated
    • Use of many drugs or any lactation “teas” are prohibited for donors
    • Massage your breasts; roll or stretch your nipple to get milk flowing
    • Pump frequently & if possible at the same time every day

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