The First Six Weeks

The First Six Weeks

Your world has turned upside down since the arrival of baby (but in the best way possible).  You’ll find love comes easily, but breastfeeding can be challenging, especially in the beginning. Go easy on yourself if you have a tough time getting the hang of it —this is normal, and you’ll get through it. Read on to learn what you need to know to navigate through the first six weeks.

Care Plan: What to do if Your Baby Won’t Latch

What if your baby isn't latching at all? This is more common than you'd think, so don't worry if it happens. The problem can be caused by many factors, including your baby's mouth, your baby's suck or your nipples.
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Care Plan: How to Use a Nipple Shield

Ideally, nipple shields should only be used when the breastfeeding problem is the latch, not your milk supply. If your milk supply is just enough or low, the nipple shield isn't the best answer to the latch problem. If this is the case, you'll have to keep pumping and supplementing until your supply increases.
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Breastfeeding: How Your Baby Gets the Milk Out of Your Breast

So how does your baby drink and draw the milk out of your breast? Believe it or not, she does most of the work during nursing. Of course when you have a let-down, your body helps her along with the free-flowing milk, but for the most part it's her sucking action that draws the milk from your breast.
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Breastfeeding: How Often do I Breastfeed?

Learn how often you should breastfeed your newborn. A common belief is that you should feed your baby every 3 hours. While this isn't completely wrong, it's not completely right either.
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Breastfeeding: How to Learn Baby's Feeding Cues

Although it might seem like the only thing your newborn is doing for the first few days or weeks of her life is eating and sleeping, she actually started communicating with you as soon as she was born. As a new mom, you'll need to learn to decipher her signals.
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Breastfeeding: How Long Should a Feeding Take?

One of the most common questions new moms ask is how long each feeding of their newborn should take. And while the answer depends on your baby and not the clock, it helps to have a general time frame when you're breastfeeding for the first time.
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