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Breastfeeding Essentials

Breastfeeding is encouraged. Breastfeed if you can.


For the first several days after giving birth, and for several weeks beyond, spend a lot of time skin to skin with your baby.

Take baby out of the swaddle when breastfeeding and use the blanket to drape over you and baby for warmth. Skin to skin is best when learning to breastfeed. If baby’s hands seem to be getting in the way when baby is trying to latch on, you may swaddle baby with baby’s hands tucked into the swaddle. Once baby has learned how to latch on and is nursing, remove the swaddle so baby and mom can be skin to skin and tummy to tummy and hands can touch skin.

We recommend the book:
The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Huggins