Before Your Baby Is Born
You’re experiencing so many changes (emotionally, physically and socially!) and you are seeking expert advice on what to expect after your baby is born. Nine months doesn’t seem long enough to learn, read and absorb everything. Remember to relax. Many new moms experience the same mix of emotions. So much of your focus is on labor and childbirth, but now is the time for you to prepare for what lies ahead, breastfeeding. We’re here to help every step of the way.
Learn the four common breastfeeding holds. The cross-cradle and the football holds are great during the first few weeks of breastfeeding. The cradle and the side-lying positions are more effective after a few weeks, when both you and your baby are more experienced breastfeeders.
While babies might not come into the world knowing exactly how to breastfeed, they're born with something wonderful called the "rooting reflex," an instinctive search for food that helps you recognize when your baby is hungry. If you can learn to recognize your baby's natural rooting signals, it'll help make breastfeeding more effective and enjoyable.
- Breastfeeding: How to Latch
- Breastfeeding: What a Good Latch Feels Like
- Breastfeeding: How to Know if you Have a Good Deep Latch
- Care Plan: What to do if Your Baby Won’t Latch
- Pumping: When Should I Pump?
- Pumping: Which Pump Should I Use?
- Pumping: How Do I Use a Breast Pump?
- Milk Storage: How Do I Store Pumped Milk?