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any tips on breastfeeding?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Persistence!: Fill a pitcher of water and set it next to your breastfeeding spot with a glass. Drink a glass of water every time you sit down to nurse. Be sure to get pillows you need to position the baby to the breast, rather than hunching down to the baby to nurse.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
In addition to Dr. : H.'s good advice, use a boppy pillow, http://www.boppy.com/shop/category/boppy-pillows/. Alternate the breast you start with at each feed. Your birth hospital's nursery has a list of lactation specialists. Put your baby to sleep on her back in her crib in her own room to learn to self-calm for sleep both to consolidate sleep at night & to avoid trying to nurse when she cries out in light sleep.
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
hmm how did HT end up with a bottle feeding photo on this? Great advice.
Oct 19, 2014
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Provided original answer
The American Academy of Pediatrics' website or app, Healthychildren.org, can be customized for your baby's age. It's the best site for anticipatory guidance. Sections on breastfeeding & sleep training will help you. Most parents are surprised that sleep consolidation can occur from 1-4 months, before implicit memory & learned behaviors develop at 5-6 months.
Oct 19, 2014
Dr. Linda Kondilis
Clinical Psychology 9 years experience
Expectations: Great advice. I'll add that it can take a good month to get the hang of this new task. Many moms think they should be pros right away. If this sounds like you, adjust your expectations and give yourself time. Lactation consultants are also a great resource.
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Take care of yourself. Try to sleep when you can. When feeding your baby, have a snack and something to drink nearby as you will get thirsty. Let others take care of the house etc and spoil you. Your job is to eat sleep and nurse your baby.
Oct 19, 2014

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Any tips for successful breastfeeding?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Persistence!: Fill a pitcher of water and set it next to your breastfeeding spot with a glass. Drink a glass of water every time you sit down to nurse. Be sure to get pillows you need to position the baby to the breast, rather than hunching down to the baby to nurse. I'm so happy you are doing this for your baby! This is the best gift a mother can give!

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