The First Two Weeks
The first two weeks are very important. This time can seem difficult as you and your baby learn to breastfeed. Hang in there because it gets easier! This time is important for getting to know your baby AND building your milk supply.
Tips for the First Few Days:
• Hold your baby skin-to-skin.
• Keep your baby in the room with you.
• Watch your baby for feeding cues.
• Feed your baby often (at least 8-12 times per 24 hours).
• Watch your baby, not the clock!
• Don't forget night time feedings (they help stimulate milk production).
• Don't feed your baby anything but breast milk – leave the formula samples at the hospital.
• Avoid pacifiers and bottles.
• Delay visitors, but say yes to help (e.g., making dinner, laundry, taking your other kids out to play).
• Get comfortable – breastfeeding should not hurt!
• Let your baby guide the process! Try baby-led breastfeeding (also known as laid back breastfeeding.