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Breastfeeding Your Baby 101

As a new mom, the world of

breastfeeding can be really overwhelming

so I wanted to give new moms a few tips

to help make the transition to breastfeeding

and motherhood a little bit easier. After

delivery most healthy, term, newborn

babies who have no complications can be

put right skin-to-skin on top of

mom. That's a perfect time to

initiate breastfeeding. The American

Academy of Pediatrics and the World

Health Organization recommends

initiating breastfeeding within the

first hour of life. Babies, when they're

first born, should breastfeed every two

to three hours so eight to twelve

breastfeeding sessions in a 24 hour

period. You may ask well is it the

beginning of a breastfeeding session

to the beginning of the next

breastfeeding session that counts as the three

hour mark. That's true.

This is a big mistake that I made

when I was breastfeeding my first

daughter. I thought it was from the end

of the breastfeeding session to the

beginning of the next which would be the

three hour mark but that's actually not

the case.

Timing the start of the breastfeeding

session to the start of the next

breastfeeding session can be anywhere

from two to three hours. You also want to

make sure that your baby has about

eight to ten wet diapers a day. That

is a great sign of hydration and that the

baby is getting enough milk. Breastfeeding is

really important for the baby's immune

system. They get a lot of important

antibodies that fight off infection from

maternal breast milk. It's been shown

that babies that breastfeed have lower

rates of ear infections, respiratory

tract infections, and other infections as

well. While we encourage all moms to

attempt the initiation of breastfeeding,

we understand that it may not always be

successful. Try not to be too hard on

yourself. There are great resources out

there in the community that may be able

to offer you some great support such as

lactation consultants and local mom's

groups. Please be sure to ask your

pediatrician or your OBGYN for a list of

resources.

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