The golden rule passed on by my mum and elder sister was-- feed, feed and feed some more!
Never forget that it’s all about demand and supply.
1. Get your gynaecologist to examine your breasts if you have a doubt about flat or inverted nipples so you are prepared for what to do once baby comes. Also the size of breasts isn't that important. I know of women with large breasts who are unable to lactate.
2. Get set go! Try to feed the baby/put baby to breast right away after birth, but don't feel guilty if you can't. The first time I fed my newborns was on day 2 of cesarean as I was unable to turn or sit up on the first day or, night. Once you are able to sit, put baby to breast as often as you can and learn the correct position and technique for latching from the staff nurse/doctor while in hospital itself. Usually they will be happy to help.
The first few days your breasts will produce a sticky yellow substance called colostrum- the amount will be small but is sufficient for baby.
3. I did not time feeds. I have fed for 5 minutes or 45 minutes, at intervals of half hour or 5 hours. I never checked the clock.
4. Don’t stop. I went through pain from sore nipples and engorgement, but fed through all of it. I would recommend you see a doctor for these problems though as they can lead to complications.
5. Consult when in doubt. Don't hesitate to ask for help, lactation specialists are available. The first few weeks are very important to establish breastfeeding.
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