Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The best way to make sure breastfeeding is successful is to just do it! I see many mothers who are nervous or uncertain about how to nurse their babies, so they opt to pump instead and offer the breastmilk in a bottle. While this can work in some situations, it has many potential pitfalls and should not be attempted without the help of a Certified Lactation Consultant. It is important to spend skin to skin time with baby. It is imperative that the new mother begin removing milk from her breasts six hours after birth or sooner. Ideally, mothers should nurse their babies for the first time within 30 minutes to 1 hour after birth. Failing to remove milk from the breasts at regular intervals every 2 to 3 hours after birth can result in breast discomfort, engorgement, and decreased milk supply. It is important for new mothers to try to relax, find some private time, and allow baby to nurse. Remember to seek the help of a Certified Lactation Consultant if you have any questions or problems.