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Challenges

Deep Latch

A deep latch will minimize sore nipples.

  • Baby has a wide open mouth
  • Lips are flanged at the breast
  • You are comfortable
  • You can hear swallowing and suckling
  • A happy baby

Cluster Feeding

  • At 2 days old, your baby will have “feeding frenzies” or cluster feedings
  • He/she will act fussy and want to feed very often
  • This is the result of growth spurts
  • These growth spurts typically occur at day of life 3, 10, 14 and monthly
  • This is a very tiring time!
  • These are normal and your baby is stimulating your milk supply to “come in” and you are helping your baby grow!

Enough Milk

  • Breastmilk is easily digested, your newborn will need to feed every 1-3 hours or 8-12 times a day
  • Each feeding session is 30-45 minutes. Allow your baby to feed on demand.
  • You can never spoil a baby by hugging him/her or offering the breast
  • Your baby will have 1 wet and 1 stool diaper for each day of life
  • Once your baby is 4 days old, he/she will have 6-8 wet and stool diapers a day
  • Your baby will be content after feeding and appear relaxed

Sore Nipples

  • Incorrect positioning and sucking trauma are frequent causes of sore nipples
  • Your nipples will feel tender for the 1st 2-4 days after birth
  • They will be tender in the beginning of a feeding as the baby stretches the nipple and areolar tissue
  • If the baby is positioned well, the tenderness will subside
  • This should disappear within a day or two
  • Nipple soreness that worsens or lasts beyond the 1st week is a concern
  • Call the lactation warm line at 275-9575 with any concerns

Breast Enlargement

  • 2-5 days after birth, your breasts will transition to mature milk and become fuller. During this time, you may experience discomfort and difficulties with latching-on.
  • Warm compresses prior to nursing will assist  the let-down reflex and cold compresses will help relieve discomfort.
  • You may need to utilize a breast pump prior to feeding to assist with latching on.
  • If you develop a fever and reddened breasts, you may have mastitis (a breast infection). Call your OB/GYN for evaluation.