Breastfeeding Matters in Kamloops
The first week:
The first few days may seem like things are not going as they should, After about 24 hours, your baby will be more alert and wanting to breastfeed "all the time". He or she may be difficult to settle and never seem satisfied. This is the time that many babies "cluster feed" for a number of hours before having a sleep. This is the baby's way of telling your body that it needs to make more milk. If you let your baby nurse often, with a good latch, most mothers will notice changes on day 2 or 3.
By Day 5 you should be through this full stage and now feel more comfortable between feedings.
By Day 7 your baby's stomach will be the size of an egg, and the average feeding is 1 1/2 to 2 ounces.
Your partner, a relative or friend can play an important role in:
Protecting your time to rest and recover, and limiting visitors
Caring for the baby in other ways while you focus on the feedings
Caring for the older children
Doing the cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping and cooking
Health professionals trained and knowledgeable about breastfeeding can help with learning to breastfeed and dealing with difficulties.
These include your public health nurse, midwife, or family doctor. They can work with you to identify the problem, or refer you to a lactation consultant or breastfeeding centre.
A lactation consultant (LC) is a trained professional with expertise in breastfeeding challenges such as: