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Getting Started Breastfeeding
Your Baby
Breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby. It is all your baby needs for
the first 6 months of life. It can take time to learn how to breastfeed. Be
patient. You and your baby are both learning something new.
The first milk your body makes is called colostrum. It is often a thick,
creamy yellow. Colostrum is rich in nutrients and antibodies that protect
your baby from infections and diseases. Breastmilk changes as your
baby grows. It becomes a thin, white liquid that sometimes may even
look bluish.
Babies do not need any extra water. Your milk is all they need. Avoid
giving your baby bottles, pacifiers or using nipple shields in the first few
weeks of life unless directed to do so by a doctor. The more often you
breastfeed, the more milk you make. It is normal for babies to breastfeed
every 1 to 3 hours in the beginning.
Getting Ready to Breastfeed
Wash your hands and make yourself comfortable. Use pillows to help
you hold and support your baby. Some mothers massage their breasts
gently before breastfeeding.
Holding Your Baby to Breastfeed
There are several positions you can use to breastfeed your baby. Make
sure you have your baby at breast height so that you are not leaning over
your baby. Always bring your baby to your breast instead of trying to
put your breast into your baby’s mouth.
Football and cross cradle holds will provide the best head control for the
newborn.