Got Breast Milk?
The first few weeks after birth are a very special time with your baby. During this time, your body is getting to know your newborn. You may find your baby needs to breastfeed every 1-2 hours. Enjoy this special time together.
Making Milk - It's Natural
During this early period of high demand, when you are breastfeeding so frequently, your breasts are "learning" how to make milk and how much to make. Think of this time as building a good foundation for your future milk supply. A good foundation will give you better options in the future, as you return to work or as baby grows.
Make the most of the first month and get your milk supply off to a good start by:
• Breastfeeding – giving your baby breast milk and nothing else.
• Nursing often, 8-12 times in 24 hours.
• Watching for early feeding cues, not the clock.
- Babies do not feed on a schedule.
- Sometimes babies will cluster feed.
• Avoiding pacifiers during these early weeks until breastfeeding is well established.
Remember that the most important thing you can do is exclusively breastfeed your baby - no formula, only breast milk. If you have any questions, call your peer counselor.