Newborn Lactation: What You Should Know
Breastfeeding your newborn can be a wonderful bonding experience between you and your baby, but most moms will tell you that it takes patience and a little time to get the hang of breastfeeding. We understand that many new moms need breastfeeding support, which is why we are happy to offer lactation support at our Baltimore, MD, pediatric office. Here are some things to keep in mind during your new breastfeeding journey,
It Takes Practice
Your baby may have some difficulty latching right away. It’s important to understand that you probably won’t master the latch immediately and that’s okay! Some ways to make breastfeeding easier for both you and your newborn, especially in the very beginning, include,
Find a comfortable position, as you may be sitting anywhere from 20-40 minutes/breastfeeding session
Cradle your baby so their face is level with your nipple
Provide guidance to help your baby find and latch on to the nipple and areola
If you’re having trouble with latching you may choose to use a nipple shield, which can be an effective way to help babies latch
Breastfeeding is Work
During the first few months of life, your newborn is going to want to eat every 2-3 hours. With feedings taking anywhere from 20-40 minutes, you’ll quickly realize that breastfeeding is an around-the-clock job. That’s why it’s also important for moms to find time to rest, nap and eat properly so that they can continue to nourish themselves as well as their babies during this transitional period.
Know When to Seek Support
If you are having trouble breastfeeding, recognize that many women have the same challenges. That’s why the team at Peds in a Pod Pediatrics offers lactation support. We know that many women need a little guidance, care and support during this new journey into motherhood and breastfeeding. We can provide you with the personalized help you need, as well as provide you with recommendations for mom groups and breastfeeding support groups that can help you connect with and find a community of other moms.