Before Birth and in the Hospital
Breastfeeding is a journey.
First Half of Pregnancy: You are Making Milk
This liquid gold is:
Loaded with nutrients and antibodies
Nice and thick, your baby doesn't need a large volume
Easily digested, so your baby will eat often
At Birth: Go Skin to Skin
As soon as baby is born, putting your baby on your chest will help start breastfeeding. This can be done in some planned C-sections too!
After Birth: Feed that Baby, Often!
Babies start out needing to eat very often, especially on DAY 2. This may be hard to get used to, but it helps breastfeeding get started. Many babies nurse on a regular schedule when they get older.