Breastfeeding for the first time? Follow these tips to be a pro!

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A baby who nurses very frequently in the first few days will do a great job of bringing in a copious milk supply

We all know how difficult it is for first-time mothers to breastfeed. This video gives a few tips for first-time mothers to help them master the art of breastfeeding.

  • Skin-to-skin contact: As much as you can in the first few days, lay the baby on your chest, tummy to tummy, undressed down to the diaper. When baby is skin to skin, he’ll cue to breastfeed more often.
  • Nurse frequently: A baby who nurses very frequently in the first few days (more than 8 times in 24 hours) will do a great job of bringing in a copious milk supply, will not lose excessive amounts of weight, and is less likely to have no issues with jaundice.
  • A good latch: While it’s common to have some nipple tenderness in the first few days, your nipples should not get damaged. A good latch is what creates comfortable breastfeeding for both mom and baby. When a baby is latched well, he will be able to remove colostrum from the breast much more easily than if he has a poor latch.

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