Some Quick Tips:
- Feed your baby often. Newborns typically feed 10-12 times a day.
- Get your baby to breast as soon as you can after delivery.
- Breastfeeding should not be painful.
- If you are struggling with breastfeeding or have concerns, reach out for help. Here at NECP we like to see breastfed babies in the office by day three.
- It helps to have a support system such as spouses, partners, families and friends to help during the time you are establishing a breastfeeding routine.
- If you don’t see yellow seedy stools by day 4, check in with the office.
- Bottles and pacifiers will potentially interrupt the breastfeeding process. It is recommended not to use until you and your baby have established a consistent breastfeeding routine.
What to look for while breastfeeding:
The following information is provided by Northeast Cincinnati Pediatric's Lactation Consultants, Cindy Allison and Laurie Freese. If you would like to meet with Cindy or Laurie, please schedule an appointment online or call our office.
If you choose to breastfeed your new baby, we can help you experience enjoyable and successful feedings. Below is a list of helpful things to know if breastfeeding is going well, and warning signs to look for to know when it is not.
Breastfeeding is going well if:
- Your baby is breastfeeding at least 8 times in 24 hours
- Your baby has at least 6 wet diapers every 24 hours
- Your baby has at least 4 bowel movements every 24 hours
- You can hear your baby gulping or swallowing at feeds
- Your breasts feel softer after a feed
- Your nipples are not painful
- Breastfeeding is an enjoyable experience
Call your baby's doctor or lactation consultant if:
- Your baby is having fewer than 6 wet diapers per day by the 6th day of age
- Your baby is still having meconium (black, tarry stools) on the 4th day of age or is having fewer than 4 stools by the 6th day of age
- Your milk supply is full but you don't hear your baby gulping or swallowing frequently during breastfeeding
- Your nipples are painful throughout the feed
- Your baby seems to be breastfeeding "all the time"
- You don't feel that your breasts are full and excreting milk by the 5th day
- Your baby is a "sleepy, good baby", and is hard to wake for feedings
Even if you decide not to bring your baby to Northeast Cincinnati Pediatrics, our Lactation Consultants are available to assist you. We will be happy to help you experience the "Wonder of Breastfeeding."
General breastfeeding information: http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/
Answers to FAQ regarding breastfeeding from the AAP: http://www.healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/default.aspx