Preparing for Breastfeeding within the first hour after birth.

Breastfeeding within the first hour after birth | Childbirth Television. That sacred golden hour when time stands still and all you want is this beautiful new baby in your arms. Immediate skin to skin and initiation to breastfeeding can aid you to have a good start to your breastfeeding success and bonding with your new little one. —2life 

Starting breastfeeding – top tips for the first breastfeed

Preparing to breastfeed before your baby is born can really boost your chances of breastfeeding success. To start breastfeeding well and get off to the best start you need to learn about how breastfeeding works, try and initiate breastfeeding and skin to skin contact after the birth and understand the natural feedback loops involved in building your milk supply. The more you understand about breastfeeding and the more support you get, the better.

 Before the birth try to watch our breastfeeding videos as well as watching family members and friends breastfeeding.

 Write a breastfeeding plan as part of your birth plan and discuss with your birth team

 Have your baby in skin to skin contact on your chest after the birth.

 In your birth plan say you want to breastfeed in the golden hour after the birth to feed your baby colostrum.

 Nurse your baby frequently.

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 Don’t worry about how much milk your baby is getting at each feed. Lots of feeds are good at first.

 At birth your baby’s tummy is about the size of a little marble – fill it up often as it empties quickly!

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How to initiate breastfeeding after your baby is born

Having your baby lying on your chest in skin to skin contact helps calm you both after the stresses of labour. This close contact between you and your baby produces oxytocin, which helps you bond with and fall in love your baby. Furthermore, having your baby on your chest in this way stimulates your baby’s natural and very strong feeding instincts and your she will spend time rooting and familiarizing herself with your breasts. The more time she spends licking and nuzzling the better as it will help her work out how best to attach and feed. This is a very important time for you both and it is best if baby is not rushed to feed before she is ready.

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