If your breasts feel swollen, hard, heavy and tender, then they’re engorged. As milk changes from colostrum to mature milk in the days after delivery, breast tissues may swell, and it can be difficult for the milk to be removed from the breast due to the swelling. Breast massage, hand expression, or ice packs on […]
If you are struggling with this decision, please contact a lactation consultant or your healthcare provider to reassess your feeding goals. It’s important that your baby stays well-nourished and that your decisions are well informed. Also, it’s important that you share your feeding plans with your healthcare team so they can provide individual education specifically […]
Discomfort during breastfeeding should be minimal. Painful breastfeeding is not normal. Many times, painful breastfeeding is relieved by improving the baby’s latch. If your nipples are very sore, cracked or bleeding, please contact a lactation consultant for a feeding assessment. In the meantime try to ensure your baby is latched-on well.
In the early days and weeks, your baby may need to eat every 1-2 hours, or more. Twelve feedings in 24 hours is not uncommon. Feeding your baby on cue early helps to bring in a full milk supply and maintain it. Another reason for low milk supply is that the baby is not latched […]
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Support the new mother in your life Limit the number of visitors in the first weeks of the baby’s life. Some mothers may feel overwhelmed and will appreciate the private time to adjust to the new baby. If you are visiting the new family, plan to help with household chores such as food preparation, garbage/diaper […]
Learn about breastfeeding ahead of time. Ask to be included in discussions with healthcare providers about breastfeeding. This should start before the baby is born. Attend a breastfeeding class with the expectant mother in your life. Locate a support group for families in your area.