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For those new moms with doubts in the hospital..

Posted by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM
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Please read this article! It really eased my mind and helped me ignore the nurses and the clock and just listen to my baby!!
http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/bf-basics/second-night/
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JoyfulMommy1221
by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM
Not clicky for mobile folks...=(
JoyfulMommy1221
by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM
JoyfulMommy1221
by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM
Love it!!! With my first, she HATED her arms being contained. So everytime the nurse would swaddler her I would untuck her arms. Never used mittens either unless we were going outside. This article makes me feel so much better about the new baby (due may 10th). =)
comf
by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM
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Yeah I have noticed a lot of new moms lately that need this.
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by Group Mod-Stacy on Apr. 16, 2012 at 8:52 PM
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bumping, and copying for those who don't click:


You’ve made it through your first 24 hours as a new mom. Maybe you have other children, but you are a new mom all over again…and now it is your baby’s second night.

All of a sudden, your little one discovers that he’s no longer back in the warm and comfortable – albeit a bit crowded – womb where he has spent the last 8 ½ or 9 months – and it is SCARY out here! He isn’t hearing your familiar heartbeat, the swooshing of the placental arteries, the soothing sound of your lungs or the comforting gurgling of your intestines. Instead, he’s in a crib, swaddled in a diaper, a tee-shirt, a hat and a blanket. All sorts of people have been handling him, and he’s not yet become accustomed to the new noises, lights, sounds and smells. He has found one thing though, and that’s his voice….and you find that each time you take him off the breast where he comfortably drifted off to sleep, and put him in the bassinet – he protests, loudly!

In fact, each time you put him back on the breast he nurses for a little bit and then goes to sleep. As you take him off and put him back to bed – he cries again… and starts rooting around, looking for you. This goes on – seemingly for hours. A lot of moms are convinced it is because their milk isn’t “in” yet, and the baby is starving. However, it isn’t that, but the baby’s sudden awakening to the fact that the most comforting and comfortable place for him to be is at the breast. It’s the closest to “home” he can get. It seems that this is pretty universal among babies – lactation consultants all over the world have noticed the same thing.

So, what do you do? When he drifts off to sleep at the breast after a good feed, break the suction and slide your nipple gently out of his mouth. Don’t move him except to pillow his head more comfortably on your breast. Don’t try and burp him – just snuggle with him until he falls into a deep sleep where he won’t be disturbed by being moved. Babies go into a light sleep state (REM) first, and then cycle in and out of REM and deep sleep about every ½ hour or so. If he starts to root and act as though he wants to go back to breast, that’s fine…this is his way of settling and comforting.

Another helpful hint…his hands were his best friends in utero…he could suck on his thumb or his fingers anytime he was the slightest bit disturbed or uncomfortable. And all of a sudden he’s had them taken away from him and someone has put mittens on him! He has no way of soothing himself with those mittens on. Babies need to touch – to feel – and even his touch on your breast will increase your oxytocin levels which will help boost your milk supply! So take the mittens off and loosen his blanket so he can get to his hands. He might scratch himself, but it will heal very rapidly – after all, he had fingernails when he was inside you, and no one put mittens on him then!

By the way – this might happen every once in a while at home too, particularly if you’ve changed his environment such as going to the doctor, to church, to the mall, or to the grandparents! Don’t let it throw you – sometimes babies just need some extra snuggling at the breast, because for the baby, the breast is “home.”

© 2003 / Jan Barger RN, MA, IBCLC / Lactation Education Consultants
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by Ruby Member on Apr. 17, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Quoting comf: Yeah I have noticed a lot of new moms lately that need this.

 



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by Ruby Member on Apr. 17, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Thank you for sharing this with us! 



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by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 2:07 AM
Love this!
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by Group Mod - Tabitha on Apr. 17, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Thanks there have been alot of moms in need of this lately

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