Hey, mommy! I just want to let you know that you are doing a great job! If it feels overwhelming right now, just take a deep breath and if you can spare some time to take a good long rest, do it. Don’t do everything yourself, you might want to exclusively take care of your baby but that won’t do you any good. Focus on breastfeeding her and getting your rest, delegate the rest of the task such as diaper change and giving baby a bath to hubby or somebody else.
It’ll pass, I’ve been where you are and I managed, I am sure you will too! Just be sure to have someone to help you take care of your newborn baby. How is your little one? So cute, right? I know! When Nishka was days old I couldn’t stop looking at her I end up not getting any sleep! Haha.
My milk came out on the third day and boy was I crying with joy! I went from no milk to oversupply real quick! Know what the trick was? I ate a lot of punaw shell. I have absolutely no idea what it’s called in your region or what it is in English, but just search it and you’ll see how it looks and you’ll know. Hahaha!
Anyway, congratulations! You made it! I’m sure by now you already have your milk coming out! But don’t pump it as early as now as it may cause an oversupply, hand express instead.
Breastfeeding Day by Day: Day One
Breastfeeding Day by Day: Day Two
10 Reasons Why I Chose to Breastfeed
“Day of Doubting”
Keep doing what you’re doing, your milk supply is starting to increase a lot today.
Breastfeed: Baby should breastfeed 8-12 times today, every 1-3 hours for as long as desired. Offer one or both breasts at feeding times. Baby will eat about 1/2 to 1 ounce at each feeding session. Positioning and latching should be getting easier for you and baby. Continue to provide skin contact whenever possible.
Body Changes: Your breasts may be feeling fuller, tender, and swollen. You may still experience uterine cramping when baby feeds. You may notice milk leaking. Begin wearing a bra if you notice discomfort from heavier breasts. Practice hand express and don’t use a pump yet as it may cause an oversupply of your milk.
Baby’s Behavior: Baby may be feeding frequently and falling asleep at the breast only to wake up when put down. Try swaddling and then bringing baby to other breast to help baby fall asleep and stay asleep after feeds.
Diaper Counts: At least 3 stool diapers and 3 wet diapers on Day 3. Stools will be green/dark brown.