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Breastfeeding Beginnings

Dana
DANA
Lactation Consultant
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Don't get bogged down with breastfeeding, mamas! The first few days might be tough, but we're here to support you each step of the way. Led by Tinyhood Breastfeeding Expert and Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Dana Czuczka.

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Milk Supply as time goes on
ELIZABETH, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

How does baby sleeping longer and eating less often affect my milk supply? As time goes on, baby will conceivably start taking longer stretches without eating. I would like to nurse as long as possible, even if it is just twice a day (morning and evening) and using previously pumped milk during the day, and later on solids. My baby is still very young, but already going a 6 hour stretch at night without eating. I have had a great milk supply so far, but I am not sure how these sort of things will affect it.

Dana
DANA

Great question! If you continue to feed baby on demand, your body will adjust accordingly. Generally speaking, breastfed babies drink about 24 ounces in a 24 hour period. So, if baby is sleeping 6 hours at night (WOW! you are very lucky!) then baby will likely eat more volume/more frequently during day to make up for the missed calories at night. I recommend waking baby at least every 3 hours during day so baby can continue this amazing sleep pattern at night :)
r/>Make sense?

ELIZABETH

Yes! So as long as my baby is getting enough in a day, I will produce enough, regardless of when that intake happens? (Day only vs day and night)

Elizabeth Angiuli (née Haralambos)
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ElizabethAngiuli@gmail.com

Dana
DANA

Yes! Our bodies are pretty amazing!

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6.5 month old not nursing when awake
DHANYA , PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My 6.5 month old nurses only at night or when he is sleeping. Has been going on for past three weeks. He doesn’t like the bottle either. Am having a tough time getting milk into him. He takes in only around 15oz per day

Dana
DANA

Sounds like a temporary "nursing strike" -- I know this can be stressful! While we work on coaxing baby back to breast, it's important to keep up your milk supply with consistent pumping or hand expression.

Let's go back to basics and try and do a lot of cuddling today (often older babies do better with their clothes on but you can try and hang with no shirt or bra as much as possible the next few days and allow baby to latch/nurse whenever he wants even if just a few minutes)

If sleepy baby accepts breast then try and nurse before or after a nap. At other times, if it's not working...don't force it! Just keep trying. We don't want to get either one of you frustrated.

Try pumping or hand expressing milk before putting baby to breast so there's instant reward.

You may want to check in with baby's doctor just to rule out any ear infection or other reason baby may be uncomfortable and not nursing. It could just be baby is teething!

Hang in there! Let us know how it goes.

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Starting to pump
CATHY, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

When is a good time to start pumping? Baby is only a few days old but I want my husband to be able to help.

AMBER

From everything that I have read you should pump right after your baby eats to completely empty your breasts for them to fill back up. I would feed my baby on one side and then pump the other side and then switched that back and forth.

Dana
DANA

Congratulations on your new baby! Assuming baby is latching well and nursing well, I'd recommend holding off on pumping/bottle feeding for the first 2-3 weeks until you and baby get into a good groove -- this will help establish a good milk supply and make sure babe doesn't have any issues with "nipple confusion" or milk flow.

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Breast feeding
PAULA

It seems one of my breast is producing more milk than the other

Dana
DANA

Hi, Paula! Yes...you are not alone! We all have one breast that usually produces more than the other. Not to worry.

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Milk supply delay
KATHLEEN, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

Hi! I'm pregnant and due soon. My baby is breech and not likely to turn so looks like I'm going to have to have a C-Section. I've heard this can delay my milk coming in and I really want to breastfeed...any advice?

Dana
DANA

Congratulations! Try not to worry (easier said than done, I know)! While it's true that any stressful delivery (cesarean or vaginal) could delay milk initiation, I've seen many, many, many moms successfully breastfeed after a c-section! What signals your body to start making milk at first, is the removal of the placenta so your body will get that message no matter how your baby is born :) Follow the best practices for ensuring good milk production, and you should do great:

1. a lot of skin to skin the first few days;
2. Try to nurse baby as soon as possible after delivery (within the first hour is ideal);
3. Continue to put baby to breast as frequently as possible (at least every 2-3 hours);
4. If baby is very sleepy the first day and not nursing frequently (this is normal) try hand expressing every few hours to help initiate your supply.

Good luck! We're here to help once baby arrives!!