Once you bring your newborn home for the first time, it may take some time to get into a routine.
Your baby may not always give you the hunger signal or breastfeed well by the time you leave the hospital. Our lactation consultants help you create an at-home breastfeeding plan that works for you, your baby and your lifestyle.
Woman’s has some tips to help you breastfeed successfully at home.
- Give your baby lots of hugs.
- Skin-to-skin contact helps you continue to produce milk and bond with your baby.
- Keep track daily feedings and diaper counts. A breastfeeding chart [pdf] like this can help.
- If your baby sometimes chokes during breastfeeding, he may be having trouble controlling the milk flow during let-down. Try pumping through the let-down immediately before a feeding or take your baby off the breast until the milk flow slows. Some moms find it helpful to hold their baby with the back of his throat higher than the nipple.
- Remember, when you have questions, Woman's lactation consultants and local breastfeeding support groups are here to help. Call our Lactation Warmline at 225-924-8239. For an after-hours emergency, call 225-924-8286.