Is this Normal? Breastfeeding Edition.
May 24, 2022While breastfeeding is a natural thing to do, it still comes with questions for new moms. From textures and colors of breast milk to the amount of time you should spend breastfeeding, to just worrying about whether you’re doing it “right,” breastfeeding can take time to figure out. Here are some common terms and concerns related to breastfeeding.
After you give birth, your breasts will make a thick, yellowish substance called colostrum, which is full of nutrients to help babies build their immune systems. After two to three days, this liquid becomes thinner and whiter. Your breasts may become fuller and harder after a few days too.1
Your nipples may be sore, extra sensitive, and cracked during the first few weeks of breastfeeding. If the soreness or pain is intense, talk with your doctor or a lactation consultant.
Number of Feedings Per Day
Newborn babies should breastfeed eight to 12 times per day for about the first month and seven to nine times a day from 1 month to 2 months. Initially, the time between feedings is whenever baby is hungry, or every 1 1/2 to three hours. As they grow, babies develop more predictable schedules.
One Breast or Two?
After baby finishes the first breast, it’s okay to offer the second one. Your baby will know when she’s full or wants more.
Duration of Nursing
Typically, newborns will nurse up to 20 minutes, some longer, on one or both breasts. But once your bundle of joy gets the hang of it, it could take as little as five to 10 minutes on each side.2
Getting it Right
Most new moms worry that baby isn’t getting a good “latch” and getting enough to eat. It just takes some practice. Here are some signs to help you know if baby is getting a good latch.3
Try different holding positions with baby’s chest against your body to help baby find his or her way.
- A good latch will feel comfortable.
- Baby’s chest rests against your body so he doesn’t have to turn his head.
- Your areola should be barely visible.
- Baby’s mouth will be filled with breast.
- Baby’s tongue will cup under the breast.
- You’ll hear or see baby swallow.
- Baby’s ears will “wiggle” a little.
- Baby’s lips will turn outward, not inward.
- Baby’s chin will touch your breast.
It’s understandable to have questions about breastfeeding your newborn, especially if you are a first-time mom. Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor if there seems to be a cause for concern.
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