WHAT TO EXPECT
Breastfeeding should be comfortable, not painful. If breastfeeding hurts, ask for help from one of your breastfeeding community resources.
POSITIONING THE BABY
- Bring baby to breast (to avoid a sore back, don't lean over).
- Baby and mom should be tummy to tummy.
- Baby's mouth should be wide open (like a big yawn) before going to the breast.
- Much of the dark area of the breast should be in baby's mouth.
- If breastfeeding hurts, break the suction by gently pressing your finger on the corner of baby's mouth. After baby opens wide, try putting baby to breast again.
- Listen or feel for swallowing.
MAKE SURE IF BABY IS GETTING ENOUGH MILK
You should breastfeed your infant at least every 1-1/2 to 3 hours, or 8-12 times in 24 hours, including night feedings.
If you have questions or concerns please feel free to call us at 320-693-5370. We'd be more the happy to help you.