Robin Hollen, RN, IBCLC, Renown Health
The birth of your baby is both a wonderfully exciting and tiring time. Many mothers expect breastfeeding to be an easy, very natural thing. While it is easy for some, it often requires patience, education, support and care. Here are five common mistakes new moms make in their first week of motherhood:
- Not getting help sooner. Seek help from a friend or family member, call your pediatrician or attend a Breastfeeding Forum session.
- Feeding with pain! Thinking cracks, bleeding, and blisters are “normal.” Pain is NEVER “normal.” Pain is a warning sign something is wrong in our bodies. If you are experiencing discomfort while breastfeeding talk to your (pediatrician or OB-GYN).
- Not feeding baby because it isn’t “time” yet. Feed on demand but at least eight to 12 times in 24 hours – that works out to about every two-to-three hours. Sometimes you may have to wake your baby up, sometimes you have to go get a bite to eat and then wake the baby, then sometimes, the baby tells you he/she is hungry sooner.
- Assuming they don’t have enough milk. Your baby is getting enough milk if they are peeing and pooping every day. Newborns should poop the number of days old he/she is in the first five days. Your baby should not be so sleepy that feedings are missed and should be content between feedings, even if for an hour. Skin-to-skin contact is an opportunity to keep your baby near and allow them to initiate feedings.
- Not calling an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) when in trouble. IBCLC’s are the gold standard. They are the only health care professionals certified in lactation care. Challenges are not uncommon so don’t be afraid to seek assistance.
If you’re looking for some expert help, The Lactation Connection at The Shops at Renown has five IBCLC’s that can help you meet your breastfeeding goals. Call 775-982-5210 or visit us online at www.renown.org/TheLactationConnection to make an appointment.