2 Weeks – 2 Months

  • Where possible continue to feed baby whenever he/she stirs; don’t wait for baby to cry with hunger.
  • Ensure the baby is deeply latched on and it feels comfortable for you. Remember: tummy to mummy, nose to nipple, chin to breast.
  • Allow baby to feed for as long as he/she wants. However, ensure that the baby feeds actively while at the breast i.e. sucking with concentration and swallowing.
  • Be prepared still for very frequent feeds (including in the night). Feeding freely at this time will prevent your breasts getting too full and feeling tight and painful. It will also protect against blocked ducts and mastitis.
  • Breasts left tight with milk will result in a reduced milk supply so feeding frequently will ensure you produce enough milk for baby’s needs.
  • Continue to make sure you get enough naps to make up for lost sleep.
  • After these important first 8 weeks feeds will start to space out and you will be able to start establishing routines, which suit you both.
  • It is best to continue with only allowing baby to feed from you. Once the first 6-8 weeks have past you can think of expressing milk for baby and others becoming involved in feeding.
  • Returning to work: this needs thought and planning but with help and support, it should be possible to continue with breastfeeding. The benefits for you and baby are great. For further advice, attend one of our monthly gathering.

How to recognise that things are going well:

  1. Baby is alert when awake.
  2. Baby latches on deeply, sucks and swallows with concentration.
  3. Baby is contented after a feed.
  4. Mothers’ nipples feel comfortable.
  5. Mothers’ nipples do not look pinched and flattened at the end of the feed and there should be no signs of damage to the nipple.
  6. Mothers’ breasts feel comfortable.
  7. Check both breasts carefully at least once a day after a good feed. Feel them all over and look at them in a good light (maybe using a mirror to ensure you check all areas). If you find any tender, fuller, inflamed or angry areas, just massage the area gently prior to and during feeds and express if necessary after feeding. Things should quickly improve. If not seek expert help ASAP.
  8. Baby’s dirty nappies continue to be frequent, soft and shades of yellow from bright to mustard.

References: Sue Saunders – Lactation Consultant

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