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How to prepare to breast feed

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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Your milk may take up to a week to come in. That's NOT a problem! I promise, you are making more than enough! Look at baby's eyeball... YEP! That's the size of your baby's stomach that first week! : ) It gets filled quickly and empties quickly, so LO will be hungry a lot, but that builds your supply. Also, you cannot tell if baby is full by how fussy they are. Remember, LO was swimming around in a nice warm place for nearly (or over) forty weeks and is just adjusting to being a land dweller- so expect him or her to always be squirming and fussing, it has nothing to do with your supply, they are just trying to adjust! How much you pump is NOT an accurate indication of supply. Your body was designed to respond to a baby, not a pump. : ) Average production for a pump for BOTH sides is anywhere from HALF an ounce to two and half ounces! All that said, how DO you tell if you are making enough for baby?! What goes in, must come out, right? ; ) So, we go by diaper count! Expect the diaper count to match the day (two diapers on day two, four on day four) the first week. Then, after one week, you are looking for 6-8 diapers a day (poop counts as two!). I hope this helps!


http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing/

http://www.becomingmamas.com/what-our-primate-cousins-can-teach-us-about-breastfeeding/

http://www.llli.org/webus.html?gclid=CJO1-tvo6rQCFeuPPAodpAkA0g

http://www.thealphaparent.com/2011/12/timeline-of-breastfed-baby.html?m=1

http://biomarkersandmilk.blogspot.co.nz/2013/02/who-manages-mammaries-physiology-edition.html




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mama2gg
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Awesome info thanks I gave up with ds after 2 days because I thought I was starving him :/ I can't wait to bf dd this time!
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Precious333
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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awesome! :)

louzannalady
by Group Owner on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM

*hug* I am so sorry that happened! I am excited for you to start your new journey! : ) 

Quoting mama2gg:

Awesome info thanks I gave up with ds after 2 days because I thought I was starving him :/ I can't wait to bf dd this time!


Lennox28
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM
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Fantastic info.  So glad I found this group b/c I'm finding a ton of info that is helping me!

louzannalady
by Group Owner on Jan. 16, 2013 at 8:11 PM

*hug* I am so very glad!!! : ) 

Quoting Lennox28:

Fantastic info.  So glad I found this group b/c I'm finding a ton of info that is helping me!


BlessedMammaof2
by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 3:35 AM
It's good to be reminded. Now what can I expect tandem nursing? DS will be 2 in March and I'm due with #2 in late May.
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louzannalady
by Group Owner on Jan. 20, 2013 at 12:25 PM
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Humm... I am not certain. That is a good question. I would post it in chit-chat. I haven't had a chance to tandem, yet! 

Quoting BlessedMammaof2:

It's good to be reminded. Now what can I expect tandem nursing? DS will be 2 in March and I'm due with #2 in late May.


Emilytrademark
by on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM
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Great info! So many new moms think that they aren't making enough, and get pushed by others into switching to formula. The actual occurrence of under-production is extremely rare! If you can hear your baby gulping,and he or she has adequate wet diapers, everything is going smoothly :)

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SadieJames
by on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I love this.  I try telling people all the time that a baby shouldn't be "happy".  They SHOULD be fussy at the breast - it builds and maintains your supply, especially in the first week(s).  My SIL *had* to use formula because her DS wasn't happy.  Now he gets 8 oz of formula and is only six weeks old.  He's not "happy", he's so full he's lethargic.  

louzannalady
by Group Owner on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Aww... I am sorry to hear that.

Quoting SadieJames:

I love this.  I try telling people all the time that a baby shouldn't be "happy".  They SHOULD be fussy at the breast - it builds and maintains your supply, especially in the first week(s).  My SIL *had* to use formula because her DS wasn't happy.  Now he gets 8 oz of formula and is only six weeks old.  He's not "happy", he's so full he's lethargic.  

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