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Breastfeeding: Ease into it Early, Feed Frequently & Look at the Latch

Breastfeeding: Ease into it Early, Feed Frequently & Look at the Latch

Ease into it Early:

Ok so to ease into breastfeeding early, begin with skin-to-skin in the Golden Hour. Newborns are most alert 1-3 hours after birth. During skin-to-skin babies can see mom’s areola and smell colostrum. So! babies can actually perform the breast crawl to begin breastfeeding and your nurse, midwife or doctor can help with proper positioning and latching for you and your baby :)

Feed Frequently:

Ok so to feed frequently, first it’s good to know the cues of when your baby is hungry. Most hospitals practice rooming in, so parents can learn all about when their baby is ready to feed :)

Here are some hunger cues to look for:

  • Baby has hand in mouth

  • rooting or sucking sound noted

  • Baby’s eyes are open and looking around

Secondly to feed frequently, feed your baby based on their hunger cues and pay less attention to the clock. I say this because newborns tend to cluster feed. This means baby likes to feed in short and frequent intervals and usually between 9pm-3am! (note this time, I want to prep you, baby’s circadian rhythm shows they are most active during these hours!) So it’s not always the standard feeding time every 2-3 hours around the clock. Cluster feeding has its benefit too of producing more milk coming in, increasing your milk supply!

Look at the Latch: An effective latch decreases nipple pain and provides baby with colostrum or mature milk with proper sucking and swallowing. Here are signs of an effective latch:

  • Chin touches breast, nose is “free”

  • Lips rolled out “flanged out”

  • Most of areola is in baby’s mouth

  • No click or popping sounds

  • No wedge or creased nipples after feed

 
 
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