The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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4. Get help “New mothers need to be mothered to mother their babies,” Lebbing says. Accept help when it’s offered: Let friends and family members do a load of laundry, clean your bathroom or look after the baby while you shower. Ask a neighbor to watch an older child for a few hours. Also be sure to enlist your partner’s assistance. He can do all of the above, for example, or simply help you by holding the baby while you get comfortable and settled to nurse.
5. Expect success Most women who stop breastfeeding do so for fear that they are not producing enough milk, Harvey says, but this is rarely a valid concern. If your baby nurses eight to 12 times every 24 hours, has six or more wet diapers and three or more yellow bowel movements daily by day six, she’s getting plenty to eat. Nursing frequently—every one to three hours—should help you establish an ample supply.
6. Learn the proper latch Most breastfeeding problems can be prevented with a proper latch. This is how you do it:
>Before putting the baby on your breast, position her on her side so she is facing you, with her belly touching yours.
>Prop up the baby with a pillow, if necessary, and hold her up to your breast; don’t lean over toward her.
>Tickle your baby’s lips with your nipple until her mouth opens wide, like a yawn.
>When your baby opens her mouth wide, quickly draw her to your breast.
> Make sure she takes the entire nipple and at least 11¼2 inches of the areola in her mouth.
7. Catch problems early If you do have problems, it’s important to correct them early on. Here are some of the most common ones: