Breastfeeding is a very natural thing. You would think one hungry baby and two
designed, milk production
units would just naturally get along. Well, they might, or they
might need a bit of support. If breastfeeding is a bit of a
challenge for you don't despair and don’t ever hesitate to contact your
pediatrician or a lactation expert if you have any questions or
concerns about the breast feeding process. Many issues can be
resolved easier if they are addressed sooner rather than later.
If hungry, having the newborn nurse right after birth is ideal. The sucking action triggers the release of hormones that help the uterus contract and expel the placenta. Feeling cramps or “after pains” during the first few days or weeks after delivery is normal and helps the uterus return to its normal size. If you are not able to nurse in the first few hours, or even the first day or two, there should be no physical difficulties with establishing nursing.
Improper positioning and latching on are the most
common culprits of nursing problems and the easiest resolved, often
causing pain while nursing. Sore nipples are common in the early
stages of nursing, but should resolve fairly quickly. If it is
severe, or you see fissures, cracks, swelling, contact your
lactation specialist who can help you make the
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