Breastfeeding Basics

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What are some breastfeeding basics?

Breastfeeding Basics

Most women can easily breastfeed their baby, but it does take a few weeks to become more comfortable breastfeeding. Keep the following breastfeeding basics in mind.

* Begin breastfeeding as soon as possible after your baby is born. Don't worry if she doesn't seem interested at first. This is a bonding time.

* It takes 24 to 48 hours for your milk to come in. Before this your baby will get the enriched substance called colostrum.

* You'll breastfeed your baby every two hours or so. Feed him on demand.

* If you think you might have a clogged milk duct, nurse more frequently on that breast until you feel relief.

* If you begin to run a fever while nursing and have soreness in your breast, contact your doctor. You may be suffering from mastitis.

* The more you nurse, the more milk you'll produce.



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