Baby’s Second Night

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You’ve made it through your first 24 hours as a new mom. Maybe you have other children, but you are a new mom all over again…and now it is your baby’s second night.

All of a sudden, your little one discovers that he’s no longer back in the warm and comfortable – albeit a bit crowded – womb where he has spent the last 8 ½ or 9 months – and it is SCARY out here!

Breastfeeding your newborn — what to expect in the early weeks

Image credit: jcgoforth on flickr

Frequent nursing encourages good milk supply and reduces engorgement. Aim for breastfeeding at least 10 – 12 times per day (24 hours). You CAN’T breastfeed too often–you CAN breastfeed too little. Nurse at the first signs of hunger (stirring, rooting, hands in mouth)–don’t wait until baby is crying. Allow baby unlimited time at the breast when sucking actively, then offer the second breast. Some newborns are excessively sleepy at first–wake baby to nurse if 2 hours (during the day) or 4 hours (at night) have passed without nursing.