Tips for Breastfeeding Your Newborn Baby

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How to Know Your Baby Is Getting “Enough?”

I agree with getting guidance early. This is great advice. It is important to look at the baby and not the scale and accept variations in weight gain in healthy urinating babies. My son was born at five pounds exactly. Two weeks later, he was released from the NICU weighing five pounds exactly. It is really disconcerting to see the scale when your new baby is dropping ounces, but rest assured it is normal to a certain extent.

Is it Normal to Have Pain?

Again, I agree. Latch is generally where the pain lies. Sore nipples are not a sign of nursing too often, and should not be considered normal. Infection can also cause pain, but generally it's much more severe. Any sort of soreness should be brought up immediately with a lactation consultant.

Pushing Through the Exhaustion

I think most of us get to this point. I would say unless you are planning on pumping in the first few weeks for a specific reason, avoid it and the “daddy feedings,” and allow your body to establish a natural supply by going with the rhythm of your baby’s needs.

Preparing for Work

Watching breastfeeding working mothers has been a humbling experience for me. The dedication put into something they feel is important for their family and baby is inspiring. I agree with Sally's advice, and I also want to mention there may be flexibility in your job that you don’t know of unless you ask or push a little bit. You are worth it; don’t be afraid to ask.

What other breastfeeding advice would you give?

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