Each time your baby gives a feeding cue, offer the breast. Feeding cues are hands to the mouth, opening the mouth when the cheek is touched, fussing. This may be very frequently or happen in cluster periods- sometimes as often as every 30 minutes.
During the first few weeks of life, feed the baby at a minimum of every 2-3 hours. You cannot feed your baby too much or too often when you are breastfeeding!
Many medications are safe to use while breastfeeding. Unfortunately many doctors and pharmacists are not comfortable giving appropriate advice on the safety of a medication to take while breastfeeding. Please call our office so we can provide you with the safety information about a medication if necessary.
Infants do not know a day and night pattern and may have wakeful periods in the night which is expected. Thus, it is important to take time in the day to nap with your baby. In addition, try not to plan activities in the first 4 weeks that are outside the home which prevent you from resting in the day and also expose the infant to unnecessary germs.
Many times in the early weeks mom’s do not feel hungry. It is important to have some nutritious snacks available
Eating well balanced meals with a few snacks in between will help to maintain your energy and milk supply. It is also important to Have a support person that will help feed you while you feed your baby