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-Hi, I'm Juli Auclair. Welcome to Baby Basics. One of the biggest misconceptions about breastfeeding is that it comes naturally to every woman and that your baby will just latch right onto your breast and start feeding right away. Well, for some women, it can be very difficult. Right from the beginning, don't feel defeated about this. You can do it. If you're patient and you get the support that you need, your baby will be thriving on your breast milk in no time at all. So, a lactation consultant is gonna give us some important advice that may make getting started a whole lot easier. -Jessica, it seems like the baby is kind of hungry. -Uh-huh. -Jessica is a brand new mom to three-week-old Luna and she's really starting to get the hang of nursing, but she needs a little help with how to hold her baby during the feedings. -We're gonna start with a cross-cradle position. -Okay. -Lactation consultant, Stacey Brosnan, uses plenty of pillows and knows just how to position little Luna to make the feeding go much more smoothly. -So, I'm gonna help you to tuck the baby's arm underneath. That's right. Now, cup your breast using the C-Hold. All right, okay. Line her up nose to nipple with you,-- -Uh-huh. -tickle her lower lip, and when she opens wide, bring her in. Nice. Nice. -Yeah. -Luna latches right on. -So, now, how does this position feel to you? -Very comfortable. -But Luna starts to slide off the nipple a bit, nursing just on the end. -You don't want her to be on the end of the nipple. You rather have her deeply on to the breast so that she's covering a good portion of the areola. -Take a look at how Stacey gently pulls Luna's lower lip down, just a bit. -That's what we're looking for. Because if her lips are out against the breast, she can get a good mouthful of milk. -One question many new moms have is, "How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?" -Once you latch the baby on, you should listen for that nice gulping sound, you know, that audible swallowing. If a baby is doing at least about 15 to 20 minutes of audible swallowing during feeding, chances are they're getting sufficient amount of milk. -Another good way to know your baby is getting enough breast milk? -What goes in must come out. So a baby should have at least six to eight wet diapers a day, really soaked wet diapers,-- -Okay. -and at least three to four really good mustard-colored [unk] stools. Okay, Jessica, now, we're gonna practice a football hold just to give you a variety. -This hold is great for small babies and moms with larger breasts. -Your hand position is right behind the baby's neck and shoulder. Just move this. And then your arm comes right along her spine just like you have. Right. She is nice and close. And just like we did in the other position, you can use the elbow to pull her butt nice and close to you, which angles the chin into the breast and the nose up off the top of the breast. -Some moms prefer this variation of the football hold. Here, Luna is almost sitting upright. -You're gonna face front. You're gonna hold her and just bring her straight on. There you go. There you go. Sitting straight up in this position, the inner ears are stimulated and they tend to stay awake a little bit longer. One thing that sometimes confuses new moms is how to know when to switch breasts. You should start on one breast and listen for swallowing. About 15 to 20 minutes into the feeding, when your baby starts to slow down a little, take her off, burp her, and offer the other breast. She may or may not want more. -That is especially in the beginning. Many babies don't demand to be fed frequently enough to get the nutrition they need. -So Stacey says it's helpful to have a schedule. She recommends feeding your newborn eight to 12 times a day in a 24-hour period. A breastfed baby needs to eat approximately every two to three hours during the day and shouldn't go longer than three to four hours between feedings at night. -That's looks really good. How does it feel? -Just great. -But it doesn't always feel great when you're just starting to breast-feed. Stacey says your nipples may be sore at first, but you shouldn't be in pain. -I'm not talking about searing pain. I'm not talking about cracked, bleeding nipples, but just soreness. -Uh-huh. -That shouldn't persist more than maybe say two or three days. If you are experiencing real pain when the baby latches on and it persists throughout the feeding or say your nipples are cracked and bleeding, then I would say it's time to seek help from a professional. -You can always call a lactation consultant or a nurse for advice, maybe something as simple as adjusting how your baby is latching on. Finally, how do you know when your baby has had enough? -See now how she came off the breast herself? -Uh-huh. -And she seems so relaxed, you know? That's the sign of a really good feeding when the baby comes off and just sort of lays back in that relaxed state and then-- -The most important thing is not to get discouraged and don't compare yourself to other mothers. Most moms say breastfeeding gets easier as time goes on, and once you figure out what works best for you and your baby, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience for both of you. Need more advice on how to care for your newborn? Well, check out our other informative Baby Basics videos. Also, if you like more information on any of the fabulous furniture that you saw in our nursery, go to egiggle.com. Thanks for watching Baby Basics on Parents TV, your source for the best information for your growing family. -Thanks for watching Parents TV. -For more information, please visit our website at selectondemand.com or e-mail us at programs@selectondemand.com made for On Demand.