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BreastfeedingThe "Breastfeeding Your Baby: Mothers' Milk, Babies' Choice" pamphlet has been written by mothers for mothers. It is intended to provide you with basic information to breastfeed your full term baby. If you or your baby are dealing with unique circumstances or challenges, additional support and information will be needed.

The First Hour

Right next to you, skin to skin, is the safest and healthiest place for your baby to begin the world. Here, baby can feel your body’s warmth, hear your heartbeat and voice, and smell your skin. This helps the baby to relax, breathe calmly and recover from birth.

Healthy bacteria from your skin will help baby’s immune system to develop and the gut to start working. It also helps in preventing infections if the creamy covering on the baby’s skin is not washed until after the first hour of skin to skin contact.

By instinct, babies go through nine stages during the first hour. They need time to progress through the stages in natural order. This first hour needs to be protected from interruptions.
Within the first hour, the baby will begin to make motions towards your breast. The baby’s response to the breast and nipple is to open the mouth wide. Follow baby’s lead when this happens and help in positioning the baby to latch on. After the first feeding, your baby will want to sleep.

The First Day

Colostrum is the thick milk that is produced right after birth. It is another source of healthy bacteria and help your baby’s immune system to develop.

Breastfeeding often—every couple of hours or more—will help your baby clear out the first black poop (meconium). This helps prevent which jaundice that can otherwise require treatment.

If you can’t nurse your baby right away:

Begin hand expression of colostrum as soon as possible within the first 6 hours after delivery. In addition to providing colostrum to be given to your baby, the hand expression will signal your body to make milk. See pages 4 or 5 for more information.

If your baby is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), tell the nurses that you want to breastfeed as soon as baby is able to try. Take all the milk you have expressed to the NICU so that it can be given to your baby.

If your baby does not nurse well or is in the NICU, hand express and/or pump breastmilk about every 3 hours, and at least 8 times in 24 hours. This “hands on” pumping method, outlined on page 5, will help you to develop a good milk supply.


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