Your scheduled breastfeeding appointment…
It it ideal to bring a support person, especially if you have other children with you. Take a moment to write down your questions so that we can by sure to get them all answered during your visit. A breastfeeding consultation almost always involves feeding the baby, so try not to feed your baby for 1 1/2 – 2 hours before your appointment.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
- It is helpful to bring the following items:
- One beautiful baby! (or two?)
- A hand towel or changing pad
- Burp cloth
- Plastic bag for dirty diapers
- 2 diapers with wet wipes
- Any breastfeeding aids you have been using, i.e. nipple shield, lactation feeder, special needs bottle, etc.
- If you are supplementing your baby, please bring enough expressed breast milk or formula for one feeding
- Filled water bottle for Mom
Is my new baby getting enough breast milk?
Breastfeeding mothers want to know that their baby is getting enough milk. While experts agree that nature’s way is indeed the best for you and your baby, new parents worry because they cannot see how much milk baby is getting from the breast.*
The following are signs that your baby is getting enough during breastfeeding:
- Breastfeeding at least every 3 hours for 15-20 minutes on at least one breast
- Swallowing is heard throughout the feeding
- 6-8 wet diapers/day with at least 2 bowel movements included
- Baby is content and relaxed for at least 1-2 hourse after fedding (unluess “growth spurting” -see below)
- Your baby is back to his or her birth weight by day 14
Using Breast Compression in the first 7-10 days helps to fully empty the breast while your baby is nursing.
See video for latch techniques with compression…
Babies experience many GROWTH SPURTS in the first 6 months… at 8-10 days, 3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, at 3 months, and 6 months. During a growth spurt, the baby acts unhappy with the breast and breastfeeds more frequently, sucks a little stronger and a little longer for 1-2 days. This will increase your milk supply within 24-48 hours. Keep offering your breasts when your baby requests and your milk supply will double! You can expect your baby to gain 1/2-1oz per day after your milk comes in.
Pumping is not a good way to find our how much milk a baby is getting during early breastfeeding. Mothers let-down during breastfeeding much more than during pumping. Why? Because babies are a lot cuter and more cuddly than a breast pump! Most mothers let-down a t least 2 times during a feeding which increases the amount that the baby receives.
*The lactation consultant can do a ‘feeding weight transfer’ during breastfeeding to give you an indication of just how much breast milk baby is getting.
Video Streams About Breastfeeding
Milk Supply/Going Back to Work
Medications and Breastfeeding