An important step before you deliver your baby is to understand the facts and principles of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not as automatic as one would think. Be confident in yourself—you are going to breastfeed, instead of trying to breastfeed!
Make sure to take care of yourself. Production of breast milk, in addition to other changes going on in your body after giving birth, takes energy. Make sure you sleep when the baby is sleeping. Drink a glass of water and eat a healthy snack while breastfeeding.
Babies eat frequently—at least 8 to 12 times in a 24-hour period. The amount of colostrum made is just the right amount for a newborn. A baby's stomach is about the size of a small marble at birth. It can hold only about 5 to 7 cubic centimeters or ½ tablespoon. By the time the baby is 10 days old their stomach is the size of a golf ball and can hold 1 ½ to 2 ounces.
You can also tell if the baby is getting enough to eat by the amount of wet and dirty diapers.
Breastfeeding can be hard at times, especially in the early days. Some common challenges are:
Learn more about common breastfeeding challenges and ways to handle them!
Returning to work does not mean you have to quit breastfeeding. Still, returning to work is one of the biggest hurdles nursing moms face with breastfeeding. Planning ahead will help ease the transition. Talk to your employer before you deliver about your options to continue to breastfeed when you return to work.
Here are a few tips to help with the transition:
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