Starting to breastfeed in the first few days
In the first few days, you and your baby will be getting to know each other. It may take time for both of you to get the hang of breastfeeding, so don’t worry if you’re finding it a bit tricky.
It’s good to find out as much as you can about breastfeeding before the birth. Knowing what to expect should help you feel as confident as possible when the baby arrives.
Having skin-to-skin contact with your baby straight after the birth will help to keep your body warm, calm your baby, and help with the first breastfeed. All babies are different; sometimes a sleepy baby will take a little longer to show an interest in feeding. Your baby should feed within the first hour to get feeding off to the best start.
Your first milk – colostrum, is very concentrated, so your baby will only need a small amount at each feed (approximately a teaspoonful). Your baby may want to feed quite frequently, as their tummy is very small. When your milk comes in after a few days, baby will feed for a little longer. The more you breastfeed the more milk you will make.
The best way to gain confidence and find out more about breastfeeding is to meet mums that are doing it.