Frequently Asked Questions about Breastfeeding:
How soon after my baby’s birth should I breastfeed?
Breastfeeding should begin as soon as possible - preferably within an hour after birth to get you and your baby off to a good start. Immediately after birth, your baby will be in a quiet, alert state and will be generally receptive to breastfeeding. In addition to establishing a good milk supply, early breastfeeding allows your baby to receive the benefits of colostrum. Rich in nutrients and antibodies, colostrum is the first milk you produce and is your baby’s perfect starter food.
I have inverted nipples. Can I still breastfeed?
Nipples come in all shapes and sizes, and most babies can handle these variations. However, in the beginning, a baby may find it difficult to suckle. This difficulty may temporarily worsen during engorgement, when the breasts get fuller and the tissue is tighter and less elastic. Over time, these problems should resolve.
What is “let down”? Should I worry if I don’t feel it?
Many, but not all, mothers experience a tingling or rushing sensation in the breasts as milk ejection, or "let down" occurs. Other mothers may notice only that suckling becomes longer and slower and that baby begins to swallow rhythmically. In either case, relaxation and confidence will help your body do exactly what it was designed to do — produce the perfect milk for your baby.
How can I treat sore nipples?
Breast feeding is a natural process but does require some learning. Onset of nipple soreness can be due to a number of things. Poor positioning and latch, not breaking the suction properly, and infrequently changed nursing pads can attribute to soreness. Taking time to latch your baby on properly, maintaining good positioning, and good breast care can help to decrease soreness. If soreness continues after the first week, please let your doctor know so that they can get you in touch with the appropriate breastfeeding support.
How do I treat a plugged milk duct?
Plugged milk ducts feel like a marble under the skin of your breast or areola. They are best treated with hot compresses before nursing, breast massage during feeding, and cold compresses after nursing. Make sure you are not wearing a bra that is too tight or a bra that has an underwire blocking your milk ducts. If one or both of your breasts feel hot to the touch, you see red streaks and you have flu-like symptoms with a fever of 101.3 or greater, please contact your doctor. These may be symptoms of a condition known as mastitis which requires additional assistance