Breastfeeding Class: Part 2

Here is the continuation of my post on the breastfeeding class I attended. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.  After covering the basics of Mother-led latching, we practiced some different positions with teddy bears!  (Well, we didn’t practice the lying down position, but she suggested we ask about it in the hospital.)

Tips for Preventing/Minimizing Nipple Soreness

– Good latch

– Nipple Butter

– Gel pads (refrigerated)

– Colostrum or breastmilk on nipples (it is actually sterile and healing)

– Wash daily with gentle soap and water

Tips for Preventing/Minimizing Engorgement

– Keep nursing and express frequently

– Skin to skin with feet up (resting and nesting)

– Brief periods of heat and/or ice

– Ibuprofen if really painful

Other Advice

– Mother and partner should keep fingernails short – may need to unlatch baby or let them suck on your finger to calm them down

– Skin-to-skin contact is important to help newborns stay warm, to help them sleep, and to help establish a good breastfeeding relationship

– Babies lose weight in the first few days before they start gaining rapidly

– At first, baby’s poo is black and tar-like (called meconium), day 3-4 it turns green, and day 4-5 should turn yellow (this is good!)

– Mother should make sure to drink water and get plenty of snacks while breastfeeding

The lactation consultant also recommended a few books that she really likes:

Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett (I actually already had this book and am now re-reading it!)

 

 

Baby Sleep Guide by Sandy Jones and Marcie Jones

 

 

 

Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp (I have heard this recommended in several places.  The lactation consultant  recommended only using this book after the first three weeks).

 

 

I realize the last two posts were a whirlwind of information!  I have been absorbing as much as I can and, hopefully, will be able to share what works for us once Tiny One is here!

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