Breastfeeding Tips

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If you are a new patient seeking prenatal care, please call 310-794-7274. If you are an established patient and need to reach labor and delivery, call 310-825-9111 for Westwood or 424-259-9250 for Santa Monica.

Breastfeeding takes practice. The more your baby breastfeeds, the more milk you will make

When your milk comes in, your breasts will feel full and may leak. Engorgement is when your breasts become swollen or hard. This can make it hard for the baby to latch-on, causing soreness. It should resolve in one to two days.

Woman breastfeeding her child
  • Breastfeed when the baby shows you hunger cues, at least 8 times in 24 hours to reduce swelling.
  • Take a warm shower or use warm compresses before feedings.
  • Use ice packs for comfort after feeding.
  • Hand-express some milk from your breasts before feeding.
  • Consult a lactation specialist if engorgement continues for more than a couple days.

Severe engorgement can lead to plugged ducts and/or mastitis. Continue with the tips listed above and consult your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or flu-like symptoms.

Tips for Jaundice:

Jaundice is when your baby’s skin looks yellow. The doctor may order blood-work for the baby to see if special treatment is needed.

  • Continue breastfeeding your baby at least 8 times in 24 hours or more frequently if your baby is showing feeding cues.
  • You may have to wake your baby for feeds as jaundice can sometimes make babies sleepy.
  • If your doctor orders light treatment for your baby and/or formula supplementation, begin to hand express and use a breast pump to stimulate more milk production.

Fluctuation in Baby’s Weight:
It is normal for your baby to lose weight after being born. Be sure to schedule an appointment with the pediatrician within 48-72 hours after discharge from the hospital to monitor the baby’s weight. Babies should regain their birth weight by 10-14 days of age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. At six months, continue breastfeeding while introducing solid foods as complementary foods. Continue breastfeeding until one year of life or as long as mother and child mutually agree.

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