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Breastfeeding Primer

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You’ve weighed your options, and you’ve decided you want to breastfeed your baby. However, many new moms have lots of questions, and for some women, breastfeeding doesn’t come as naturally as they thought it would. Just hang in there — it just takes a little time, practice, and patience.

The first days

Your breast milk will likely come in a few days after your baby is born. Colostrum (a yellowish fluid full of protein and disease-fighting antibodies) arrives first, so keep nursing even if you think nothing’s coming out. Colostrum is meant to be your baby’s first food and is important for newborn health.

If you need help getting started, don’t be shy about asking for help. Most hospitals have a breastfeeding class that you can take before you give birth; they’ll also have lactation experts on staff for one-on-one help. Get some guidance early on to learn how to help your baby latch onto the breast, and how to tell whether she is nursing properly.

Establishing a good milk supply

Rest, proper nutrition, and plenty of fluids all contribute to forming a good milk supply. Your milk changes its taste based on the food you consume, and you may notice your baby reacting to what you’ve eaten. Most newborns adjust well to the

 
 

 
 
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Breastfeeding offers a wonderful way to nourish and bond with your baby. To help get you started with nursing your baby, we'd like to share a little information and some great mom-tested tips. Learn all about breastfeeding.
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