The first week

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 The first few days may seem like things are not going as they should,  After about 24 hours, your baby will be more alert and wanting to breastfeed "all the time".  He or she may  be difficult to settle and never seem satisfied.  This is the time that many babies "cluster feed" for a number of hours before having a sleep.  This is the baby's way of telling your body that it needs to make more milk. If you let your baby nurse often, with a good latch, most mothers will notice changes on day 2 or 3. 

Day 2/3

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 As your milk "comes in" you may notice that they get hard, and lumpy - even up into your armpits.  Your body knows you are breastfeeding and is sending in lots of fluid to make lots of milk.  You may feed and feel soft for a short while and quickly feel very full and hard again.  This period usually lasts about 24-48 hours as your body adjusts. 

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 By Day 5 you should be through this full stage and now feel more comfortable between feedings.  

By Day 7 your baby's stomach will be the size of an egg, and the average feeding is 1 1/2 to 2 ounces.  

Your partner, a relative or friend can play an important role in:

Protecting your time to rest and recover, and limiting visitors
Caring for the baby in other ways while you focus on the feedings
Caring for the older children
Doing the cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping and cooking 

Day 2

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 Your baby may be gassy and pass smelly gas, without a dirty diaper.  Remember that colostrum, the first milk, has a laxative effect to get your baby's bowels working and excrete the first thick meconium poos. If meconium is not excreted, the baby reabsorbs some, which can lead to jaundice or a yellow color to the baby skin that may need treatment. Frequent, effective feeding prevents that. So feed your baby lots, cuddle and pass to someone else to hold, while you get a little rest and repeat.  

Day 3

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 During this time you will want to feed a little on each side for your comfort.  Feed frequently. Pump for comfort- only if necessary. You will begin to notice that your baby is more content after a feeding.  

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 A lactation consultant (LC) is a trained professional with expertise in breastfeeding challenges such as:

  • A breastfeeding problem that does not respond to simple measures.
  • You do not need a referral to consult with a certified lactation consultant. Call the local public health office and request to speak to an LC or attend the Breastfeeding Clinic during drop-in hours:  Kamloops Public Health, 519 Columbia Street, Monday 1pm -4pm, Thursdays 9am -12pm