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.

Breastfeeding: How to Know Baby is Getting Enough Overall - Weight Gain

It's a good idea to monitor your baby's weight on the scale. When it comes to weight gain, there are two rules of thumb to follow to make sure she's getting enough.
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Breastfeeding: How to Know Baby is Getting Enough Overall - Infant Behavior

Infant behavior is perhaps the most important when it comes to ensuring baby is getting enough, even though it's the least measurable. So what does a satisfied and thriving newborn baby act like?
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Care Plan: What to Do if Your Baby is Not Getting Enough Overall

Making sure your baby is getting enough breast milk overall is very important in the first few weeks. If you feel she's not satiated or doing well on the breast, you need to figure out a way to fix the problem
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Care Plan: Engorgement

Remember how sore and swollen your breasts were at the beginning of your pregnancy? Unfortunately, they might make a return appearance after your baby is born. Here's what you can do to ease engorgement.
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Care Plan: Sore Nipples

While sore, cracked or bleeding nipples are common in the early days, if you feel your latches are good but your breasts are becoming more painful, there's a plan to help you through this tough time.
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