Engorgement

September 15, 2011 | No comments | Breast Feeding Support

Your breasts will typically begin to feel full between the second and fourth day after delivery, with this fullness lasting three to five days. Increased nursing at least 8 to 12 times a day can help minimize this sensation. If you are having excessive discomfort, or if the infant is having trouble latching due to […]

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Sore Nipples

September 15, 2011 | No comments | Breast Feeding Support

Correct positioning during breastfeeding is the most important factor in preventing sore nipples. Tenderness experienced with latching is common during the first week or two; however this discomfort should lessen as the infant begins rhythmical suckling. If it is necessary to take the infant off of the breast during a feeding make sure to break […]

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Duration of Feedings

September 15, 2011 | No comments | Breast Feeding Support

After breastfeeding is well established there is no need to watch the clock while feeding. Some babies will nurse 5 to 10 minutes on each side while others will nurse 15 or 20 minutes from one side total. As long as nutritive sucking is taking place, with sucking and swallowing heard, the infant should be […]

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Frequency of Feedings

September 15, 2011 | No comments | Breast Feeding Support

Babies need to breastfeed between eight to twelve times in a 24 hour period during the first few weeks to stimulate mother’s milk supply and gain appropriate weight. The best thing to do is to breastfeed when your infant shows signs of wanting to nurse, such as rooting toward the breast, or putting her hands […]

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Breast Feeding Positioning

September 15, 2011 | No comments | Breast Feeding Support

A correct latch: Make sure that your baby’s chin, chest, and knees face your breast. Baby’s mouth should be open wide. Baby’s tongue is over the lower gum. Baby’s lips curl out in a flanged position. Baby’s chin firmly touches your breast. Baby’s nose & cheeks lightly touch your breast. Swallowing is heard with breastfeeding. […]

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