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Breastfeeding your newborn: How and when to start

Breastfeeding a newborn sometimes comes easily, but it's also perfectly normal for you and your baby to need time to get the hang of it. If you're planning to breastfeed, line up help at the hospital and expect to nurse your baby soon after their birth. Learn your baby's hunger cues and breastfeed them on demand (rather than on a schedule). Making sure your newborn has a good latch is a crucial first step toward successful breastfeeding.

You may feel excited about breastfeeding your newborn – and you may also feel a little intimidated. Maybe you've heard stories of moms who didn't produce enough milk or who struggled with painful nipples or other problems. Or maybe you're just unsure how to go about it.

Some moms and babies coordinate breastfeeding easily and without a hitch. But for many others, it can be tricky, especially at first. Breastfeeding is natural, but it's also a skill that can take practice – for you and your baby. (Sucking is a reflex babies have even before birth, but it may take some time for a newborn to learn to coordinate their breathing, sucking, and swallowing to breastfeed successfully.)

There's a lot to know about breastfeeding, but there are many resources to help you. Once you and your baby learn the basics and iron out any problems, it's likely to feel natural.

How to breastfeed a newborn

Babies are often most alert right after birth and then get sleepy, so the first hour after delivery is a great time to start breastfeeding.

At the beginning, your body will produce small amounts of a special milk called colostrum that will help protect your baby from infection. (Your baby's tummy is very tiny, so they only need small amounts to fill up. As your baby's tummy grows, your milk will change and you'll produce more of it.)

When you're ready to breastfeed:

  • Arrange yourselves. Get in a comfortable breastfeeding position. You may feel best sitting up, or you may want to breastfeed in a side lying or laid-back position. Turn your baby's whole body toward you, chest to chest. Make sure your baby's body is lined up – imagine a straight line from their ear to shoulder to hip – so they don't have to turn their head.
  • Hold your breast. Use one hand (or arm) to hold your baby in position, and the other to hold your breast. You can help your baby get a deep latch by making a "nipple sandwich" for them. Compress your breast using your hand – with your thumb by your baby's nose and your fingers underneath your breast, by their chin. Hold your breast far enough back that your fingers aren't in your baby's way.
  • Get your baby to open wide. Tickle your baby's upper lip with your nipple, and, when they open their mouth wide, aim your nipple toward the roof of their mouth and quickly bring your baby to your breast (not your breast to your baby), chin first. Don't panic if your newborn seems to have trouble finding or staying on your nipple. Breastfeeding requires patience and lots of practice.
  • Make sure your baby's latch is good. This is often the trickiest part of breastfeeding, and it may take some practice. (See below for tips.) It may even be painful at first, while your baby is figuring it out. Once your baby starts sucking, you should feel just a gentle tug. If you continue to experience pain when breastfeeding, it may be that your baby's latch isn't quite right. If you're not sure your baby is latching on correctly, have a lactation consultant watch.

How can I tell if my baby has a good latch?

If your baby doesn't have a good latch, it can result in them not getting enough milk and your nipples becoming sore and cracked. Things to check:

  • Your baby's nose should almost touch your breast but not press against it.
  • Your baby's mouth should cover not just the nipple but as much of the areola (the darker part surrounding it) as possible. Your nipple should end up far back inside your baby's mouth. If your baby sucks on just your nipples, they won't compress the glands that secrete milk, and your nipples may hurt.
  • Your baby's lips should be flanged out (turned out), not curled under. You won't be able to see their bottom lip, but you can feel it.
  • Listen for your baby's swallows or watch to see their jaw working as they nurse.
  • Check that your nipple remains the same shape before and after feeding. If your nipple is pinched or pressed, then the latch is probably shallow.

Pay attention to how your breasts feel when your baby latches on. If latch-on hurts, break the suction (by inserting your little finger between your baby's gums and your breast) and try again. Once your baby latches on properly, they'll do the rest. Learn more about how to get a good latch.

How often to breastfeed a newborn

The more you nurse, the more milk you'll produce. And because newborns have tiny stomachs, they need to eat frequently. Nursing eight to 12 times every 24 hours is on target.

Rather than nursing according to a rigid schedule, it's important to nurse your newborn "on demand" or whenever they show early signs of hunger, such as increased alertness or activity, mouthing, or rooting around for your nipple. Crying is a late sign of hunger – ideally, you should start feeding your baby before they start crying. Babies can find it hard to settle in to nurse if they're too upset, no matter that they're hungry.

During the first few days, you may have to gently wake your baby to begin nursing, and they may fall asleep again mid-feeding. Keeping your baby skin-to-skin with you during breastfeeding will help keep them awake and active during feedings.

To make sure your baby's eating often enough, wake them up if it's been four hours since your last nursing session. Your baby's doctor will want you to keep track of your baby's wet and poopy diapers for 4 or more days – this will help determine that your baby is getting enough nourishment. They'll also weigh your baby regularly to make sure that they're gaining weight properly.

Tips for breastfeeding a newborn

There's plenty of good advice to help you succeed at breastfeeding. Here are some of the best tips from experts:

Get comfortable

Since feedings will take up a lot of time, especially in the newborn months, pick a cozy spot for nursing. Use this time to bond with your little one.

Hold your baby in a position that won't leave your arms and back sore. The position you choose really depends on what's comfortable for you.

A nursing pillow can be a big help in supporting your baby. Many moms also find a footstool helps them get comfy when they're sitting in a chair. Whether you're sitting or lying down, don't start the feeding until you and your baby are comfortable because you'll be in that position for a while.

Eat well

A healthy breastfeeding diet is all you need while you're nursing. Although you can produce milk for your baby even if your nutrition isn't up to par, eating a well-balanced diet will ensure that the quantity and quality of your milk is all it can be. (Plus, it will help you feel your best.) You don't need to count calories but, as a general guideline, most women who are breastfeeding will need about 450 to 500 calories more than moms who aren't.

Many moms feel extra hungry while breastfeeding, which makes sense – your body is working around the clock to make breast milk for your baby. Eating small meals with healthy snacks in between (the way you may have done during pregnancy) is a good way to keep your hunger in check and your energy level up.

Your practitioner may recommend that you keep taking your prenatal multivitamin while breastfeeding, to make sure you get all the nutrients you need.

By the way, most nursing babies don't mind if Mom indulges in spicy foods. In fact, some experts believe that babies enjoy some variety. No foods are problematic for all babies, so there's no need to restrict what you eat right away. But if your baby seems more gassy or irritable every time you eat a particular food (dairy products, for example), try eliminating the suspect food for a while to see if you notice an improvement.


Nap when you can during the day, because your baby will keep you busy breastfeeding overnight.

Whenever you can, get help from family and friends with errands, cooking, and other household tasks so that you can rest with your baby.

Supplement your baby's diet

Your baby's doctor will talk to you about giving your nursing baby vitamin D supplements. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfed and partially breastfed infants up to one year old be given 400 IU of vitamin D daily. That's because breast milk may not have enough of the vitamin for your baby. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus, which help build strong bones.

The doctor may also recommend that your baby take iron supplements beginning at four months of age. The AAP recommends 1 mg/kg per day of oral iron until your baby starts eating enough iron-containing foods.

Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, and have a beverage handy when you sit down to breastfeed.

Use your thirst as a guideline. You're likely to be more thirsty when you're breastfeeding. If your urine is dark yellow, you need to drink more water. Eight to 12 glasses of water daily is a good guideline.

Use both breasts

Begin nursing on the breast your baby didn't feed from (or the one they didn't empty) the last time you nursed. (Tuck an extra nursing pad into your bra on that side as a reminder, if it helps.) Have your baby nurse on both sides at each feeding. The more frequently you nurse, the more you'll stimulate milk production. (See what to do if your baby prefers one breast over the other.)

Limit caffeine and alcohol

Don't overdo your caffeine consumption, because you'll pass the caffeine along to your baby in your breast milk, and it can accumulate in their system. (Experts recommend limiting your intake to no more than 300 mg per day, about the amount you'd get in a 12-ounce cup of coffee.)

You'll also want to limit drinking alcohol while you're breastfeeding, because the same amount of alcohol that enters your bloodstream makes it into your breast milk – and your baby can't process the alcohol as well as you can. Learn how alcohol can affect your breastfeeding baby.

Choose breastfeeding-friendly birth control

Talk with your healthcare provider about which birth control methods are best for breastfeeding women. Hormonal birth control may affect milk supply in some women. If that's the case for you, a non-hormonal option such as a copper intrauterine device (IUD) might be best.

Breastfeeding problems you may encounter

It's normal to feel overwhelmed by your baby's constant nursing and exhausted from lack of sleep. And you may have questions: Is my baby getting enough milk? Should breastfeeding hurt? How long should my baby nurse? Should I wake my baby if they fall asleep nursing?

Many women also face specific breastfeeding difficulties early on. Some of the most common breastfeeding problems you may encounter in the first six weeks include:

  • Engorgement (breasts that are excessively full and uncomfortable)
  • Sore and bleeding nipples
  • Mastitis (a breast infection)
  • Low milk supply

Don't suffer in silence. Call your healthcare provider or a lactation consultant if you're suffering from any of the above, if you're in pain, or if physical discomfort is getting in the way of nursing.

Where to get help with breastfeeding

Breastfeeding help and support is just a phone call (or a click) away. Places to contact:

  • Your doctor or midwife. Talk with them about any health concerns that may be getting in the way of successful breastfeeding. Ask them to put you in touch with a lactation consultant. You can also contact the hospital or birth center where you delivered, a postpartum doula, or your baby's doctor for a referral.
  • La Leche League International, an organization that offers encouragement and support to women who want to breastfeed their babies, can send you information or put you in touch with a La Leche League chapter near you. You can reach the group's headquarters or get advice from its breastfeeding hotline by calling (800) 525-3243. If you attend local meetings, you can meet other new moms and get breastfeeding assistance.
  • International Lactation Consultant Association. For professional advice and encouragement, call an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). A lactation consultant can offer advice on how to breastfeed properly and give you hands-on help. To find one near you, call the International Lactation Consultant Association at (919) 861-5577 or use that association's online lactation consultant finder.
  • The National Women's Health and Breastfeeding Helpline provides answers to questions and breastfeeding support. Call them at 1-800-994-9662.

For support from other breastfeeding moms, visit the Breastfeeding support and help group in BabyCenter's Community.

Learn more:

  • Preparing to breastfeed
  • Breast milk storage
  • Breastfeeding tips and tricks
  • Benefits of breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding tips and tricks: How to breastfeed your baby

You may have heard that breastfeeding is exhausting, painful, and full of challenges – and it can be. The good news is there's a lot you can do to improve your breastfeeding experience. The longer you breastfeed, the more benefits you and your baby enjoy. Plus, it gets a lot easier and more enjoyable over time. Before you start – or if you're struggling – check out these practical breastfeeding tips and tricks.

For guidance before and after your baby arrives, take a look these mom- and expert-approved breastfeeding tips. Breastfeeding is hard work, but these can make nursing your baby a little easier.

Prepare ahead of time

It takes a while to get the hang of nursing a new baby, but by preparing to breastfeed during pregnancy, you can set yourself up for a smoother experience.

During pregnancy, join a breastfeeding class or a breastfeeding support group. Read books and online articles to familiarize yourself with breastfeeding basics. When question arise, don't hesitate to reach out to friends and relatives with breastfeeding experience.

Consider connecting with La Leche League. This international organization shares breastfeeding information and hosts expert-led meetings to support and educate new parents. You can find resources in your zip code on their breastfeeding support search engine.

Stock up on breastfeeding supplies

The little things can make a big difference when you're new to breastfeeding. You'll be spending a lot of time nursing, and certain products can help increase your comfort and make breastfeeding easier. These include:

  • A nursing pillow
  • A nursery glider or rocking chair
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Nipple cream
  • A breast pump (your insurance may send you an electric breast pump, but you may prefer another model or a manual breast pump)
  • Bottles and nipples (if you'll pump breast milk)

Set up a cozy nursing spot

Whether you prefer your own chair or a spot on the couch, it's nice to have a designated place to settle into while you feed your little one. Grab a basket, bin, or tote bag and fill it with the essentials you'll want while you're nursing or pumping.

Here are a few ideas for what to keep handy:

  • A water bottle you can easily open with one hand
  • Nutritious snacks like nuts and dried fruit
  • Wireless earbuds and a cell-phone charger
  • Your breastfeeding pillow
  • Nursing pads and nipple cream
  • A few baby essentials like wipes, diapers, and a clean sleeper

Know what's safe and what's not

When you're breastfeeding, there aren't a lot of things that are off limits. Still, there are a few precautions you'll need to take to keep your nursing baby safe:

  • Don't eat edibles while breastfeeding, smoke weed, or use other recreational drugs.
  • Use caution when consuming alcohol while breastfeeding. Drink in moderation, and wait at least two hours after you finish a drink before nursing your baby.
  • Drinking coffee while breastfeeding is okay, but limit your caffeine intake to 300 milligrams each day (around 16 ounces of coffee).
  • Check in with your provider or pharmacist about using medications while breastfeeding.
  • Some herbs and herbal teas while breastfeeding may not be safe. Since herbs can be very potent, check with your provider before using them. Also, some herbs can decrease your milk supply.
  • You can eat most foods while breastfeeding, with the exception of high-mercury fish. It's unlikely that your baby would have an allergy or intolerance to foods you eat – but check with their doctor if you suspect your baby is reacting to something you're eating.

Breastfeed right away

Breastfeeding experts agree that nursing within an hour after birth is important. One of the main benefits to this is that when you snuggle your newborn close to start nursing, you're having skin-to-skin contact, which has a positive effect on breastfeeding.

Once your baby is born, ask to hold them skin-to-skin right away. Encourage your baby to latch on to your nipple and begin suckling as soon as possible, since this tells your body it's time to start making breast milk. Ask the nurses or the lactation consultant at your hospital or birth center to help you get started. 

The very first milk your body creates is called colostrum, a highly nutritious first food that's easy to digest and high in protein. Your baby won't drink much in the first few days, but the colostrum they get will strengthen their immune system, act as a gentle laxative, and provide all the nutrition your newborn needs.

Around your baby's third or fourth day of life, your milk will come in. Instead of small amounts of colostrum, you'll begin to produce higher volumes of mature breast milk.

Get a good latch

Ensuring your baby has a good latch can be tricky, but it's essential to breastfeeding comfortably. A poor latch can cause you a lot of nipple pain and lead to cracked or bleeding nipples. It can also prevent your baby from getting enough milk.

After you give birth, ask for a visit from a lactation consultant or a nurse with lactation training. While they're with you, ask them to take a good look at your baby's latch and help you with any issues.

What makes for a good breastfeeding latch? Make sure your baby's mouth covers a large part of the underside of your areola (the pigmented skin around your nipple). Their lips should be flared out around your breast, instead of curled under. When latched, their tongue should cup the underside of your breast.

During the first several days of nursing, getting a good latch might take multiple tries. If your baby begins to nurse and the latch is painful or sloppy, break the latch by pushing one finger between their lips and your breast. Then, give it another go.

Watch your baby, not the clock

Feeding schedules can wait until your baby is older. While you're establishing your milk supply, and your baby is working on regaining weight lost after birth, breastfeed "on demand" – as often and as long as your baby wants to.

Milk production matches your baby's demand. When they breastfeed often and for extended periods of time, they're signaling your body to keep making more milk.

Your baby will tell you when it's time to eat by using hunger cues. They're subtle at first, but you'll soon recognize them. Some of the most common baby hunger cues include:

  • Smacking their lips; making sucking sounds or motions
  • Rooting (turning their head to search for your nipple)
  • Bringing their hands toward their mouth; sucking on their fists or fingers
  • Clenching their fists

Each baby is different, and the amount of time they'll spend nursing varies greatly. You can expect your newborn to nurse for 10 to 15 minutes on each breast, but many will spend more time nursing, especially in the beginning.

Don't suffer in silence

It's true that breastfeeding is often uncomfortable, and even painful, at first. Your nipples need time to adjust to breastfeeding and will feel extra sensitive during the first several days of nursing.

However, there's a limit to how much pain is considered normal or healthy. In fact, persistently sore nipples are a sign that you need to do some problem-solving.

Usually, the problem stems from a bad latch. When your baby doesn't get your nipple and areola far enough into their mouth, they'll suck on just the nipple – which will hurt and may lead to nipple fissures and other complications.

Speak up and let your provider, your baby's pediatrician, or a lactation consultant know if breastfeeding hurts. They may help you correct your baby's latch or try different nursing positions to make breastfeeding more comfortable.

If you're experiencing bleeding, blistering, broken skin, or scabbing, talk with a lactation consultant or healthcare provider right away. They can help you pinpoint the cause and recommend medication to heal your nipples.

Similarly, stay on top of breastfeeding problems like clogged milk ducts and engorgement. These annoying and uncomfortable issues can easily get worse and lead to mastitis, a painful inflammation of breast tissue.

Try different positions

Trying different breastfeeding positions is well worth the effort. With practice and some trial and error, you'll learn what's most comfortable and effective for you and your little one.

Changing positions can sometimes help you get a better latch, and if you're dealing with a clogged duct, a different position can target the clog and get milk flowing again.

Some common breastfeeding positions include:

  • The cradle hold: This is your classic breastfeeding position, and will likely be the first position a lactation consultant or nurse shows you. Place your baby on their side facing you, with their head resting in the crook of your arm on the side they'll be nursing on. Your opposite arm helps to support your baby and hold them close.
  • The cross-cradle hold: This position mimics the cradle hold closely, but your arms switch jobs. Reach your opposite arm further behind your baby and use that hand to support them from the base of their head.
  • The football hold: Tuck your little one under your arm with their nose at your breast and their torso and legs extending behind you. This hold takes a little practice and perfectly positioned pillows, but can provide a lot of relief for sore nipples.
  • Side-lying position: Lie down with your baby and put a pillow under your head (and perhaps another between your knees). Position your baby so their belly is facing you and use your top arm to pull their head in close to latch onto your breast.

Be persistent

Many moms are surprised when breastfeeding doesn't come naturally. However, challenges aren't a sign nursing isn't in the cards for you and your baby. It's common for breastfeeding moms to spend time troubleshooting, whether they're correcting a poor latch or working on boosting milk supply.

If you're having trouble, talk to a lactation consultant or your provider. Find someone who's well-versed in breastfeeding and has the knowledge and resources to help.

If you're consistently having nipple pain, they might point you to a nipple shield or check whether your baby is tongue-tied. If you're struggling with supply, they may suggest you begin pumping as a way to tell your body to make more milk. In some instances, moms turn to exclusive pumping as a way to continue to feed their baby breast milk using a bottle.

But don't beat yourself up

Fed is best. If you decide breastfeeding isn't working for you, that's okay. Don't give in to guilt.

There are many benefits to breastfeeding for any amount of time. So even if you're unable to continue exclusively breastfeeding after the first couple weeks or months, know that the time you nursed mattered.

This is true whether you discontinue breastfeeding earlier than you had planned, begin supplementing with formula, or choose to use combination feeding by mixing breast milk and formula feeding.

Ask for help

In the early weeks, you may feel like all you do is nurse. Don't hesitate to ask for help with everything else. Turn to your partner, friends, and family – and consider hiring a postpartum doula if possible.

Between feedings, hand over your baby so you can get a nap, take a walk, or hop in the shower. It's okay to ask for help so you can care for yourself, and these little breaks will better equip you to care for your baby.

Even if you're exclusively breastfeeding, you may want to introduce a bottle when your baby is three or four weeks old. This way, others can help with feedings.

Maintain your milk supply

You may not have any problems with low milk supply; many moms continue to nurse their baby for a year or more without any trouble with milk production. However, some moms do experience decreased milk supply, especially when they return to work.

If you suspect you're no longer making enough milk for your baby, there are several things you can do to increase your milk supply, including breastfeeding more, having lots of skin-to-skin contact with your baby, and learning how to power pump.

Take care of yourself

As a new mom, it's hard to prioritize your own needs. The new baby you're caring for requires a ton of time and attention, and your schedule has been turned upside-down.

Still, try to take good care of yourself, too. Getting plenty of rest and finding time for you (even if that's just a quick shower, walk, or quiet cup of tea) can help you manage your mental health and feel more patient on challenging days. Do your best to eat well and stay hydrated. And be sure to talk to your provider if you have any signs of postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety.

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Breastfeeding Support

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Breast milk is the ideal food for the baby, it is complete nutrition for the proper development of the baby. Breastfeeding experts clarify that breastfeeding up to 6 months is especially important. Mother's milk will not be replaced by any of the most modern artificial milk formulas. Biologically active substances, hormones, enzymes contained in breast milk ensure the proper development and formation of the body; antibodies, immune complexes of human milk protect the baby from various diseases. Already with the first drops of colostrum, a newborn child receives a natural immunization. Elena Mikhailova, consultant on breastfeeding at the Krasnoyarsk Regional Center for Maternal and Child Health, tells about the benefits of breastfeeding, what difficulties mothers face when feeding their baby for the first time, what are the rules for breastfeeding, and why courses for expectant mothers are needed.

- Elena Valerievna, what problems do mothers most often face during the first feeding of a child?

- A woman's milk does not come immediately. Due to the lack of experience and knowledge, women do not know what to do, there is excitement why there is not enough milk, they do not understand how often and correctly it is necessary to put the baby to the breast. Some women have a problem that the baby does not immediately take the breast, and the mother does not have enough knowledge why this is happening and she begins to worry a lot. There is a problem of not understanding what to pump, how to pump and the inability to do it.

- Are there any general rules that expectant mothers need to know?

- Each period has its own recommendations. On the first day after childbirth, a woman needs to put her baby to her breast more often and express herself. Milk comes in 3-4 days, in order to avoid a sudden influx of milk, you need to start applying and decanting as soon as possible and more often. It is recommended to use special underwear and get a breast pump.

- What should I do if my baby won't latch on?

- And if he doesn’t take the breast, don’t panic, we express. It is necessary to look for the reason why the child does not take the breast - try to apply in different positions.

- What are the reasons why the baby does not take the breast?

- The reasons can be different: for example, a flat nipple, an inverted nipple, nipple deformity, or the cause may be in the child himself - practical help and an individual approach to each woman and her child are already needed here.

- What kind of help can expectant mothers get in preparation for motherhood?

- Today, almost every antenatal clinic has its own maternity schools. In them, the work of specialists is more focused on preparing for childbirth, feeding is not paid as much attention as we would like. At our center, as part of the school for expectant mothers, there is a separate two-hour lesson on breastfeeding. Here we talk about the benefits of breast milk, consider the physiological processes of the mammary glands, help learn how to properly attach a baby to the breast and pump properly, introduce expectant mothers to practical skills, sort out myths about breastfeeding and the diet of a nursing woman, and also sort out all sorts of problems, with which a mother may encounter after the birth of a baby.

- There is a lot of information on the Internet that is available to everyone, isn't that enough?

- Indeed, there is a lot of information on the Internet, and often there is conflicting information that women often cannot put together and understand what is right and what is not. Breastfeeding specialists rely on their own professional experience - without this, it would be very difficult for mothers to convey information correctly and show how everything really is. Every day we consult women who require an individual approach. Sometimes, even a little advice helps a woman to orient herself in the right direction and establish breastfeeding. It is not enough just to read the information.

- Why do women not want to breastfeed?

- Unfortunately, there are women who do not want to breastfeed their child. And the reasons may be different. Someone experiences discomfort and even pain during feeding, someone is afraid that the breast will lose its shape and attractiveness, someone simply does not know how to properly feed a child. Here it is important to properly set up a woman, talk to her, show all the advantages and importance of breastfeeding, set her up in a positive way, help solve her problems associated with feeding a child - this is exactly what we do in the courses.

- Why should a woman be interested in courses?

- At the birth of the first child, the woman has no experience. Moms often ask the question “why doesn’t it work?” it seems to them that it is so simple, a child was born, you took him, put him on, he began to eat calmly and everything will be fine, but this is not enough. It doesn’t work, because the woman has never breastfed, the child has never sucked her, for about 2-3 weeks they get used to each other. The baby may cry, he may lose her, the woman must understand what to do. On the course, we tell you how to properly apply to the chest, what help is needed for lactostasis. Questions and possible unforeseen situations are being worked out. The doll is training poses for feeding. Some questions are worked out individually.

- What are the consequences of improper attachment of the baby to the breast?

- The consequences of improper attachment can be different - these are cracks and biting of the nipple with improper grip. A woman must learn how to properly breastfeed her baby. If a child gets used to breastfeeding incorrectly, such a child will suckle for a long time, stay at the breast for a long time, he will not eat up, will not receive back milk, there may be regurgitation, colic, anxiety of the child, and, consequently, of the mother.

- What are the most frequently asked questions by women in the course? What are they more interested in?

- Most of the time there are no questions in the courses, questions arise when a woman gives birth and when she will face it. And when she realizes that she can't. Our task is to prepare it as much as possible and work out all kinds of situations.

But still they ask about what to do if a woman has a flat nipple, how to use a breast pump, what to do if the baby does not take the breast, whether it is necessary to express, what is lactostasis. For some reason, women are in no hurry to prepare for breastfeeding. But then, having given birth to a child and already left alone with him, mothers do not understand what to do with him. They are not ready. It is difficult to navigate here on your own, you still need the experience of specialists and other mothers. I share my experience because I didn't have that kind of support and I understand that it's important to know what moms want to know. My goal in the courses is for a woman to leave me with a clear idea of ​​what she needs to do when she gives birth. Some points I recommend to write down.

Successful feeding of your child is a great happiness for a mother and her child. This is the very short period of time when a woman feels very close and closely with her baby. This allows you to just feel the beauty of motherhood, and give the child exactly what he truly needs right now. There is no substitute for breast milk.

Registration for courses by phone: (391) 222-02-86

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Courses for pregnant women “Mom's School”

The Breast Department of the Children's Medical Center holds regular classes for pregnant women, young parents and couples expecting a baby under the program of a unique training course – “Mom's School”.

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