Searching for free breastfeeding support groups in San Antonio, Texas? Look no further. The MILC Group has added both a weekly regular Breastfeeding Support Group as well as a monthly Working & Breastfeeding Support Group. Both take place at the Go Baby Go Shop at 6401 Broadway in San Antonio. Call us at 844-468-6452 for more information.
Newborn babies eat all of the time. Seriously. All of the time. I always tell mothers to plan to spend the first few weeks sitting on the couch or in your comfy chair feeding your baby. It will probably seem like that is all you do. And it is totally normal. Most baby should and do eat eight to 12 times per day. This lasts for the first six to eight weeks, but sometimes up to the first three months. As long a your baby acts happy and alert when not nursing or sleeping, is peeing and pooping regularly and is gaining the appropriate amount of weight, frequent nursing is not a concern.
Make the time you spend breastfeeding less stressful by creating your nursing nest that includes supplies for your little one as well as supplies for you. Make sure you have a place for water, snacks, reading material, and your audio-video remote and/or favorite internet connected device. Invite your friends over to see you. Let them know you will be feeding baby, but you would love their company.
Also remember, pumping especially in the early weeks is not a good indicator of supply. Pumping is a learned art that often takes practice.
Kellymom.com is a great resource and you can read about this topic here.
Engorgement can be very uncomfortable. It is important to empty your breasts by feeding your little one early and often. We recommend feeding 8 -12 times per 24 hours and making sure your latch and position is correct. In order to get your breasts soft enough for you little one to latch on, you pump a little (to comfort only) or taking a warm shower and hand expressing. Sooth the discomfort with cold packs and whatever pain relievers your healthcare provider told you was okay to take.
For more thoughts on engorgement check out these links:
These are the five things I tell every new mother I work with on breastfeeding.
- Tummy to mummy
- Nipple to nose
- Wide open latch
- Patience & persistence
- Ask for help if you think there is a problem.