5 Tips for a Great Breastfeeding Start

  1. Start Early Get as much skin to skin contact with your baby as you can. Delay unnecessary procedures that may interfere with the first breastfeeding, and get your baby at your breast within the first half hour after birth – the baby may even self attach if you let him do so !
  2. Have frequent, unrestricted feedings Watch your baby, not the clock, and always offer both breasts. Babies have small stomachs and need to be fed frequently.
  3. Stay close to your baby You and your baby should room in together during the postpartum stay, including nights, so that you may recognize and respond to the feeding cues and the needs of your little one.
  4. Ensure a good position and latch This is the key to maternal comfort and great baby response. Ask for help if you have sore nipples or feel engorged !
  5. Ensure exclusive breastfeeding The more you breastfeed, the more milk you produce. Supplementation (water cereals, cow’s milk or other) does interfere with breastmilk production. It is a myth that babies sleep for longer periods of time if they are given solids.

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