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What if I can't breastfeed right away?

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In brief: Don't worry

Even if you cannot breastfeed immediately your breasts can still be conditioned to produce milk.
You can also pump to get them started even if the milk cannot be used for whatever reason.

In brief: Don't worry

Even if you cannot breastfeed immediately your breasts can still be conditioned to produce milk.
You can also pump to get them started even if the milk cannot be used for whatever reason.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends on why

Depends on why you say you can't feed right away and for how long.
A mom's body needs to be told to make breastmilk, and if not the window slips past and breastfeeding may not work for you. Babies are meant to feed to make your milk come in by stimulating your breasts. They are also meant to cry a lot - that tells you brain to make more too. Feed as often and as early as you can manage.

In brief: Depends on why

Depends on why you say you can't feed right away and for how long.
A mom's body needs to be told to make breastmilk, and if not the window slips past and breastfeeding may not work for you. Babies are meant to feed to make your milk come in by stimulating your breasts. They are also meant to cry a lot - that tells you brain to make more too. Feed as often and as early as you can manage.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics

In brief: Give it some time

You might find that breastfeeding is challenging in the first few days or weeks.
This is entirely normal. It does not mean that you will not be successful. Be sure to consult with a trained lactation consultant to help if you are having difficulty nursing. In the interim, while your milk is coming in, if your doctor deems it medically necessary, you could consider supplementing with formula.

In brief: Give it some time

You might find that breastfeeding is challenging in the first few days or weeks.
This is entirely normal. It does not mean that you will not be successful. Be sure to consult with a trained lactation consultant to help if you are having difficulty nursing. In the interim, while your milk is coming in, if your doctor deems it medically necessary, you could consider supplementing with formula.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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