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Breastfeeding In the First Week

Pumping & Storing Breastmilk

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What to Expect the First Week of Breastfeeding

What you need to know:

  • Breastfeed your baby as soon as possible after birth
  • Putting baby skin-to-skin helps babies breastfeed and gain weight faster
  • Your first milk (colostrum) is thick and yellowish. Even a small amount has everything your baby needs
  • Newborn babies have a small stomachs and need to breastfeed often, about 8 to 12 times in 24 hours
  • You should hear or see your baby swallow after several sucks
  • Let your baby show you how long to breastfeed. Once baby has fed well on the first side and stops or lets go, burp baby and offer again to see if the baby is still hungry. (Click Here)
  • Giving your baby a pacifier or bottle can make you produce less milk because baby does not breastfeed as often


What else you should know:

  • Your nipples will be slightly tender. If you have concerns, call WIC
  • Your breasts will feel more full around day 2-5 and then feel less full around day 7
  • All babies have times when they want to eat more often (cluster feeding). Breastfeed at these times even if your baby was just fed - you are always making milk
  • Breastfeeding takes practice - just like learning a new dance. It will get easier as your baby grows. By the time he or she is 6 weeks old, you will both be experts
  • Baby may lose some weight but should be back to birth weight by 7-10 days