Everyone tells you what your breastfeeding experience will be like. They describe their own stories of what worked for them, what did not work and the best or worst supplies to purchase. Sometimes, all this advice can be confusing. At Triangle Pediatrics, we want to help women find the path that is right for them and their unique baby.
I have doubts about this . . .
Will this work for me?
But it is so good for my child . . .
It's supposed to be natural, right?
So what should you expect?
Breastfeeding your infant comes with different ups and downs. There are lots of myths out there that may overwhelm you. Everyone’s experience is going to be different, so keeping an open mind is the best thing you can do for you and your baby. Prepare yourself for trial and error. Sometimes you just have to see what works for you and your family, not what other people tell you will work. This can be a trying time, especially in the first few weeks. Do not worry about setting a schedule in the beginning. Let your baby set the pace. Setting short term goals for you and baby can be helpful. It may take a little time for you and baby to catch on to breastfeeding. Don’t be discouraged. Remember why you decided to breastfeed.
You have help
Rest assured knowing that you have help at Triangle Pediatrics. We offer the services of our certified breastfeeding specialist as well as registered nurses with years of experience helping mothers with breastfeeding. These experts are available at every visit and by phone to help mothers.
Milk and baby’s needs
Most women notice some signs of milk production within 30-40 hours of delivery. However, it is not uncommon for women to experience delays. Once a milk supply has been established, the average amount of milk produced is 750ml per day. The newborns stomach capacity is only about 6ml the first day. This is about the size of a marble. By day three, this increases to about 25ml or the size of a ping pong ball. And by day 10, the stomach increases to the size of an extra-large chicken egg or around 70ml.
Helpful breastfeeding tips for you and your baby
- Be aware of your babies hunger cues, suckling, maybe even turning their head towards your breasts . . . Time for a feeding?
- Be patient with your baby during the beginning, middle and end of feedings. Rushing through can cause frustration which baby can sense.
- Prep for feedings: keep snacks and drink handy, also gather items you may need and sit them next to you.
- Make sure you are in a comfortable position when nursing baby. This allows your body to relax and your let down to occur. Use pillows to support your back, prop up your feet if you like. You want baby to be at breast height so you are not leaning with your back hunched over, causing discomfort.
Here at Triangle Pediatrics, we strive to guide and support you throughout your breastfeeding experience. Please contact us at any time with questions and know that we look forward to helping you during your baby’s well visits.