Breastfeeding is a significant part of the postpartum period. There can sometimes be a huge learning curve, no matter how much you’ve prepared for it. If you feel overwhelmed, concerned, or like breastfeeding just isn’t quite clicking, then it’s important to seek help. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are trained to help solve breastfeeding problems and empower you to feed your baby with confidence.
As an IBCLC, this is what I tell all new parents about breastfeeding in the beginning:
1. Congratulations! What an amazing gift you’re giving your baby. Colostrum (your first milk) is a baby’s first immunization and provides lifelong benefits.
2. Babies want to breastfeed a lot! It’s recommended to breastfeed 8-12 times in 24 hours.
3. Watch the baby, not the clock! Watch for sucking and swallowing – and drinking – and switch breasts when they come off on their own, or are no longer actively drinking.
4. Brand new babies may need to be awakened to feed! For proper weight gain and for your milk supply, be sure to not go more than 4-5 hours between feeds.
5. For a comfortable latch, think “tummy to tummy, nipple to nose.” Getting a good latch is a dance, and takes practice. The sooner you feel confident in this, the better.
6. It’s OK to feel frustrated! Breastfeeding can be very difficult in the beginning.
7. You are not alone! Get support with breastfeeding if you are struggling.
8. Tenderness in the first week is normal – pain is *not* normal. If you’re having pain with breastfeeding, seek help from an IBCLC.
9. Your “white milk” comes in around day 3. Your breasts may start to feel fuller and firmer. Keep nursing to avoid engorgement. Engorgement is not normal.
10. Don’t forget to drink water! Breastfeeding makes you very thirsty.
In addition to these 10 things, there are many, many other things to discuss when getting breastfeeding off to a good start. A full consultation with an IBCLC is a great way to assess the whole picture and ensure your family thrives.
By: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC
Wy-East Lactation Support
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Serving families with prenatal consults, office visits, home visits, as well as breast and chest feeding support.
Office visits are located at:
5440 SW Westgate Dr. Suite 210
Portland, OR 97221
Home visits are available in Portland and surrounding areas.
*FREE* Weekly Breastfeeding Support Group
Luna Wellness in Portland
Also introducing a new class series –
“Breastfeeding and Returning to Work”
This comprehensive workshop covers basics of returning to work outside the home and continuing the breastfeeding relationship with your baby. We discuss pumping, milk storage, paced feeding, and acknowledge the emotions surrounding this time. Come with your questions and concerns, and leave feeling confident you will have a plan for this next season of your life.
The first offering of this workshop is being held
May 23rd, 2019, 10:00 – 12:00.
Tea and light snacks will be provided.
It will be held at MindTree Holistic Counseling & Wellness Center LLC
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