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Breastfeeding Basics: You, Your Baby & Your Nurses

By AWHONN Editorial Staff

Breastfeeding is natural; you just need patience and practice for you and your baby to get the hang of it. It’s worth the effort because your breastmilk is perfect food your body makes specifically for your baby’s nutritional needs and optimal growth.

Prep for breastfeeding while you’re pregnant. Advice from nurses shows what’s ahead, how to avoid common problems and how to nurse or provide breastmilk even if your baby is born prematurely.

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Start breastfeeding right after baby’s birth and you and your baby will have the greatest likelihood of sharing the special bond of nursing for as long as you both desire.

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Begin Breastfeeding at Birth

The first hour after birth is the best time to begin breastfeeding. Your nurses have the expertise and clinical skills to help you and baby get off to the best possible start with nursing.

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The more time you and baby spend together the better you will get to know each other and the more likely you’ll start and continue nursing. Keep baby near you while she sleeps so she can feed every 2–3 hours, whether she wakes or if you rouse her to eat. Research shows moms don’t sleep longer or better when their infants are in the nursery



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