Hello there, mommy (or soon to be!) In this blog post, I share about what to expect on the first day of your breastfeeding journey.
It’s a lot to take in, and yes it’s totally normal to feel overwhelmed. You just gave birth and you haven’t really recovered yet, your body seems to be aching all over. Just bear this in mind, “This too shall pass.”
But hooray for making the decision to breastfeed! It’s gonna be challenging, but I promise you it’s worth it. Breastfeeding has many benefits, you can read my previous article, 10 Wonderful Reasons Why I Chose to Breastfeed, to know more about it.
Most babies are very, very sleepy on this day, mommies and daddies too! Keep guests to a minimum, take this time to rest. Get sleep, eat and drink. Your baby is still adjusting to the outside world so don’t expect your baby to gulp down milk today while breastfeeding. Your baby is still trying to learn how to latch and only eats a small amount because newborn stomach is very small.
Breastfeed: Feed your baby 0-8 times for as long as she desires. Your baby will eat 2-7 ml per feed. You can wake your baby every 3 hours and offer your breast or you can feed on demand. In my case, at first I tried waking Nishka up at night if she slept for more than 3 hours and haven’t fed yet. But she just wouldn’t wake up. So what I did was I let her sleep and just fed her when she woke up. But take note that every baby is different, so yours might still feed every 3 hours even at night.
Body Changes: You may notice uterine cramping when your baby breastfeeds. This is normal. Your breasts will also feel soft. Don’t expect for milk to drip from your breasts, so don’t panic if you don’t see milk coming out. As long as your baby poops and pees, this is an assurance that she is getting something from you. Your breasts produce colostrum beginning during pregnancy and continuing through the early days of breastfeeding. This special milk is yellow to orange in color and thick and sticky. It is low in fat, and high in carbohydrates, protein, and antibodies to help keep your baby healthy.
Baby’s Behavior: Baby may be very sleepy and not wake up to breastfeed. Expect that for the first month or two, your baby will sleep from 16-17 hours a day. Take off baby’s blanket and shirt and keep baby skin to skin on your chest with a blanket covering his back, arms and legs. This helps create a desire to breastfeed and promotes bonding.
Diaper Counts: At least 1 stool diaper and 1 wet diaper on day one. Stools will look dark and tarry.