Hospital feedings. Your very first feeding should be right after birth. Your milk is colostrum which is the first milk your body produces after (sometimes before) birth. It’s a thicker, calorie rich milk to help that little newborn of yours get the right nutrients for those crucial early days of life.
Tips for early feedings:
For example: If you start feeding at 12:30 and you nurse until 1:05 and your baby is ready to nurse again at 1:45 it has been 1 hour and 15 minutes since your last feeding, not 40 minutes.
In the early days and weeks of life your baby may cluster feed. Not all babies do this but some will. Cluster feeding is when your baby feeds back to back or frequently in a short period of time. I remember thinking,
“There is no way my baby can be hungry he just ate!”
But often times he was. When in doubt, nurse or try to at least.
For the first few days at the hospital, you will want to keep track of your feedings and soiled diapers. Print out the empty chart in this guide and bring it with you. You can even print one out for when you get home.
Sometimes when your sleep deprived it may help to see when your last feeding was to help keep track rather than go off memory.
Babies can nurse up to twelve times or even more in a twenty four hour period. Don’t worry you will not overfeed your baby or “spoil” your baby. The soiled diapers should look something like this:
It’s not uncommon for your baby to have a bowel movement with every breastfeeding session.
Typically, babies lose a small percentage of their birth weight prior to checking out of the hospital. Your nurses and pediatrician will go over what’s safe and normal and what’s not.
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