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 if Early Breastfeeding is Not Going Perfectly?

So you've fed early and often, you've limited the separation between you and your baby, you've followed the tips for latching—you've done everything that all of the books, websites and instructors have suggested, but you still have a sense that your baby isn't feeding effectively. Where do you go from here?
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Breastfeeding: How do I Know Baby is Getting Enough at Each Feeding?

Figuring out whether your baby has had enough at a feeding can be daunting for new moms, since there isn't any way to measure how many ounces of milk your baby has taken from your breast. Learn more about quiet alert time, hiccups, deep sleep and what they mean.
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Breastfeeding: How to Breastfeed a Sleepy Baby

Every new mom can relate to this scene: You latch your newborn baby onto your breast and she nurses contently for a few minutes, then slips into a peaceful sleep. Ten minutes later, just as you settle down to have a nap yourself or maybe put in a load of laundry, she wakes up and wants to eat again. The cycle continues. Learn how to keep your newborn from falling asleep too soon into a feeding.
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Care Plan: What to Do if Your Baby is Not Getting Enough at Each Feeding

One of the most common breastfeeding problems you might experience as a new mom is your newborn isn't getting a full feeding at your breast. Often it's because he falls asleep before finishing.
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Breastfeeding: Waking Your Baby to Eat: When do I Stop?

It's been a couple of weeks since your baby was born. You've been keeping to his feeding schedule, getting up every 2 to 3 hours during the night to feed him and sometimes waking him so he doesn't go too long without eating. This routine can be tiring, but there's a light at the end of this very short tunnel.
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Breastfeeding: How to Know Baby is Getting Enough Overall - Diapers

The cues that your baby is getting enough overall are simple to look for, and it's important to monitor them in the first days and weeks. Diapers are the earliest and easiest sign to measure - here's how.
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