Establishing a Breastfeeding Routine

Learn how to set up a breastfeeding schedule that works for both you and your new baby.

Hi. I'm Kimberly Durdin, and I'm a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and I've been helping moms and babies breastfeed for over 20 years. You're about to give birth, I'm sure you're so excited about having your baby. You might also be a little concerned about how to get breastfeeding off to a good start if you're giving birth in a hospital. It's true some hospitals have been getting a bad rap about not fully supporting breastfeeding in their facilities. So how can you get breastfeeding off to a great start? However you give birth, whether you have a vaginal birth or caesarian birth, it's important to start breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth. We like to encourage moms to begin breastfeeding within that first hour after birth. So talk to your doctor, your midwife, about your wishes to breastfeed as soon as possible after birth, and let them know that you'd like their help with making that happen. Even if you've had a caesarean birth, it is possible to still breastfeed within the first hour after birth with a little support and as long as there's no medical reasons not to do it. So I encourage you, no matter what type of birth experience you have, to go ahead and begin breastfeeding your baby as soon as possible after birth. It's also important to keep your baby in close proximity of you after you've given birth.