Re: Advice on Breastfeeding Baby number
Welcome and congratulations on baby #2! If you're determined to nurse this baby, you almost surely can. Here's what I would recommend doing to get things off on the right foot:
- Make sure your c-section is scheduled at or after 39 weeks. Babies born prior to 39 weeks are much more likely to be very sleepy, have breathing problems, and spend time in the NICU, and therefore have trouble nursing. (see http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnanc...st39weeks.html for more)
- Talk to the staff at the hospital where you plan to deliver. Make a plan for the birth that involves you being able to see and hold your baby as soon as possible. Discuss your desire to nurse your baby, and ask about how babies born via c-section are handled. Is there routine supplementation with formula or sugar water? Do they immediately give baby a pacifier? Those are things to avoid.
- Ask that the staff either not bathe the baby, or that they not wash the baby's hands. The smell of amniotic fluid on the baby's hands can help her find her way to the breast.
- Room in with your baby. When a baby rooms in with mom, it is much harder for a "helpful" nurse to slip baby a bottle of formula or a paci.
- If the baby goes to the hospital nursery, make a sign for his/her bassinet that says "I am a breastfed baby. No bottles or pacis, please. Bring me to my mom every time I cry, or every 2 hours if I don't."
- Avoid artificial nipples- bottles, pacifiers- for the first few weeks after birth. Babies suck differently on artificial nipples, and that can mess up their latching ability.
- Have the number of a good lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, on hand. If you run into problems, call her ASAP.
- Speak to your baby's pediatrician and the hospital pediatrician about how they would handle weight loss in a newborn. What % weight loss would be acceptable before they would recommend formula? How would they help you make sure breastfeeding got back on track?
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