Sometimes when baby first latches there can be pain, but it should only last for 1-2 seconds. Then you should only feel tugging.
There are many ways to answer this question. I prefer to give baby a bottle of freshly expressed milk each day or every other day, starting when baby is 3 weeks old.
This helps them learn to go back and forth from breast to bottle, and helps you get used to your pump.
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Eat a variety of healthy foods. You will need 500 calories per day more than when you were pregnant. There are no strictly taboo foods, regardless of what wives-tales say. If your baby doesn't like what you have eaten they will be increasingly fussy about 8 hours after you ate whatever it was.
Try eliminating that food for 2 weeks and then try it again. If you get the same fussy/spitty reaction, then avoid that food.
You can eat sushi and lunch meat during breastfeeding. You couldn't during pregnancy.
In the early days after birth, doing hours and hours of kangaroo will help you and your baby get into good communication regarding hunger cues and satiation cues. Watch for pecking on your chest, sticking out the tongue, chewing on their hands ..... these are feeding cues. Try to feed before baby cries. Asking for food by crying is a last ditch communication effort.
When baby goes to sleep in kangaroo and stays asleep for some time in the basinet after feeding, they are full.
When they are growing and making enough wet and dirty diapers, baby is getting enough.
As baby gets older the feeding cues get more subtle, and what was a feeding cue can be simple exploration. Watch and listen to your baby. You will soon know what they are asking for.
If you are confused or worried about if your baby is getting enough, have a 1-1 appointment with Mary or Marisa to sort out what is going on with you and baby.
Feeding your baby is a very personal thing. The most important thing is to learn when your baby is asking for food, and then feed them. Some moms breastfeed every 2 hours. Some moms breastfeed every 4 hours. Some feed more during the evening, some feed more at night.
The bottom line is to communicate, and then watch to make sure baby is getting enough.
If you are confused about what your baby needs, have a 1-1 appointment with Mary to sort out what is confusing you and baby.
Place your finger tips about an inch away from your nipple. Press gently toward your spine, then press your fingers gently together. Rotate the position of your fingers around your nipple.
Repeat for up to 3 min for each exercise.
Triple feeding involves 3 steps for each feeding session:
Triple feeding can help baby get enough food while they don't have the strength to breast feed exclusively. And it builds up a robust milk supply.
It depends on why you are going to be pumping.
If you are needing to pump because you are away from baby for work 40 hours a week, you need a hospital grade pump. This motor is strong enough to keep your supply up. Spectra, Medela, and Finesse are examples of this kind of pump.
If you want to pump occasionally to have a little milk in your stash a hand pump can be an excellent choice. Medela, Avent, Ameda, and Lansinoh have good hand pumps.
If you are pumping very often you will want to have your flanges fit to your body. The right size and kind of flange can make a huge difference in comfort and milk supply. I have not found the flange sizing instructions on the web to be helpful. It really does take an eyes-on approach to size you. Coming to a clinic time with your pump is an excellent way to do this.