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By Erica Neser- Lactation Consultant and author of

Sleep Guide for Babies and Toddlers and Coping with Crying

 

Keep your baby with you!

  • Keep any separation from your baby to a minimum
  • Hold your baby skin-to-skin against your chest as much as possible
  • This is especially important if you have had a caesarean birth, assisted delivery and/or medicated birth (epidural)

 

Never force a baby onto the breast

  • Let your baby set the pace in the first hour or two
  • Pushing baby’s head towards the breast interferes with his latching reflexes, and causes him to push his head back or flex forward
  • Position your baby nose-to-nipple, arms either side of the breast, touch your nipple to his upper lip and latch only when he opens very wide

 

Respond to your baby’s early feeding cues

  • These include wriggling, opening and closing his mouth, bringing hands to mouth and rooting
  • Latching and feeding tend to be easier at these times
  • If you wait until your baby is crying from hunger, his tongue will be in the wrong position, and he may become distressed, which makes latching difficult
  • Your baby will probably need to feed 8-12 times in 24 hours

 

Get help ASAP if things are not going well

  • Breastfeeding should not be painful throughout the feed
  • Visit The Breastfeeding Clinic at the recommended times for professional breastfeeding advice

 

“Newborns know how to find the breast and they know what to do when they get there – if we don’t mess it up.”

~ Dr Jack Newman

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