Whether you are a first-time mom or it's your second or third baby, every breastfeeding experience is different.
Even an experienced breastfeeder sometimes struggles with a new baby.
The most important thing you need to know is when to seek the help of a certified IBCLC Lactation Consultant?
First, let's cover what's NOT normal:
Nipple pain throughout breastfeeding is not normal
Bleeding, scabbed, bruised nipple is not normal
Severe breast pain is not normal
Baby does not seem satisfied between feedings
Baby does not have sufficient diapers per day
Frequent feedings are important in establishing a good milk supply. Aim to feed 10-12 times in 24 hours.
Feeding times will vary and sometimes babies cluster feed
Babies should gain on average 6 oz/week, make sure the baby is closely monitored by your pediatrician.
Expect about 5-6 heavy, wet diapers and 3-4 stools larger than a quarter daily after day 5 of life.
*There are plenty more on the list, but these are the basics. Please reach out to your Pediatrician or to an IBCLC certified Lactation Consultant if you have questions or concerns.