It's natural, but it ain’t easy. Here’s a primer on what you can expect on the first week of breastfeeding.
1. Where the hell is my milk?
2. Am I doing it right?
As a nursing mom, what also helped me was having a nursing pillow to prop baby up in the right height, while both of us are comfortable. I also held him in a cross-cradle position to support his rather wobbly head in the first few weeks. If you want to try this position, check out this article to learn how to do it properly. But of course we have different anatomies and preferences, so try just about every breastfeeding position in the book until you find what works best for you and baby.
3. Is my baby getting enough?
Every Type A breastfeeding mom wished they had transparent boobs with graduated marks, so they can tell how much milk they’re making.
So what signs can you look for just to have some peace of mind that you’re not starving your child? Here are some clues that your baby is having enough breast milk:
• You breastfeed your baby around 8-12 times every 24 hours.
• He spends at least 10 minutes of deep, rhythmic sucking with swallowing sounds on each breast.
• Baby has around 6-8 wet diapers and 2-5 soiled (poopy) diapers per day.
• Baby wakes up to nurse every 2-3 hours.
• He appears calm, satisfied, or even sleepy after nursing from you.
4. Someone get me a glass of water. NOW.
5. So am I sitting here all day or what?
6. If. Only. I. Could. Get. Some. Sleep.
Studies show that exclusive breastfeeding actually lets parents get more sleep.