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Breastfeeding

 

Relax. Being tense and uptight affects the natural flow of milk. You can sit in a chair or lie down, whichever is more comfortable for you. Positioning yourself with pillows will help. Your babyís nursing helps your milk flow. Donít rush. Take your time. This is a learning experience for both of you.

During the first few days, your nipples may be slightly tender from your babyís sucking. As you learn to relax and your milk flows freely, the soreness will disappear. If your breasts remain sore, it may be that they are extra full of milk. Nursing your baby long enough and often enough to empty both breasts helps. Or you may have too much milk so that your breasts leak a little. If this happens, tuck a clean handkerchief or a breast pad in your bra. You also may apply a warm washcloth to the breast and then gently squeeze some milk from it to relieve the pressure.

Your initial breast milk is yellow-colored and called colostrum. It provides nutrients to the baby and helps prevent some infections and allergies. After a few days, your breast milk changes to a white color.

Remind yourself that the time you spend relaxing and enjoying your new baby is important for both of you. Continue eating a healthy diet and drinking six to eight glasses of liquid per day.

 


 
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