Breastfeeding Survival Tips
These tips are intended for the first week of your baby’s life and can be helpful regardless of your feeding method.
- Moving head side to side, tongue out, fist in mouth, turns toward breast
- Crying is the last sign of hunger; responding early to cues will reduce crying time
- Newborns need to eat often! Expect to feed your baby every 1 ½ -3 hours; 8 times in 24 hours
- Do not let your baby sleep longer than 4 hours
Stomach Size of a Newborn
Your newborn's stomach is very small. Colostrum, even is small amounts (only a teaspoon in the first 24 hours!) is all your baby needs!
Your newborn sleeps approximately 16 hours per day-but not all at once!
Babies wake often. If your newborn does not wake on his own, you can rouse baby by changing or stripping down to the diaper or tickling his feet.
Holding your baby for 15 minutes after feeding can help her get into a deep sleep and stay content longer after eating.
- Breastfeeding may be challenging at first. Give yourself and your baby time to learn
- It is normal for your baby to lose some weight in the first week of life
- Make sure your baby has a good latch (mouth wide open with lips curled out and chin touching your breast)
- Babies cry for many reasons including over stimulation, tiredness, gas, or full bowel
- If you are having trouble breastfeeding, try skin to skin contact before you attempt a latch
If possible, bottles and artificial nipples should be avoided for the first month.
- Colostrum, even in small amounts, is all your baby needs
- Colostrum allows for you and your baby to practice breastfeeding before your milk supply is established
- Approximately 2-5 days after birth the production of colostrum will change to a higher volume of transitional milk
Do I Know if I am Making Enough Milk?
- Your baby should have one wet diaper for every day of life (one on the first day two on the second etc.) through day 4
- Once your milk comes in, expect 6 or more wet (and messy) diapers in 24 hours
- Stools will change in color from black on day 1 to yellow by day 5
- Your baby should be back to her birth weight by 2 weeks of age
When Breastfeeding is NOT Going Well- Get Help!
Your local WIC office:
- WIC/Malheur County Health Department: (541) 889-7279
- Southwest District Health: (208) 642-9321
- Saint Alphonsus OB Unit-Ontario: (541) 881-7310 available 24 hours a day
Helpful Breastfeeding Websites