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The First Week

The First Week Breastfeeding Tips:

  • Nurse early and often; 10-12 times in 24 hours
  • Usual duration of feeding is between 20-45 minutes
  • Give both breasts at each feeding
  • If you experience nipple pain when feeding, ask for help right away
  • It takes 3-5 days for mature milk to ‘come in’ to your breasts
  • Breasts will become noticeably larger and fill with milk over 1-2 days
  • After Day 5, baby should have 6-8 wet diapers and 3-4 large yellow, seedy, loose stools (with a few extra streaks) daily
  • To prevent severe engorgement, nurse frequently. 
  • If baby is not able to nurse, hand express or pump your breasts 10-12 times daily
  • Engorgement usually lasts for about 2 weeks
  • Limit visitors, both in hospital and at home, while you bond with your new baby
  • If you plan to sleep with your baby, make your room safe for bed-sharing
  • Attend a La Leche League Meeting or
  • Recommended reading: “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” by La Leche League International
  • If baby is not nursing, stooling or gaining weight well after your milk comes in, call right away