If you're a new parent, and you're trying to adjust to breastfeeding, it's time to call in some support. Breastfeeding support will give you the help you need to overcome the problems you're facing as a new parent. If you didn't receive breastfeeding support while you were in the hospital, it's not too late. You can actually sign up to receive breastfeeding support from the comfort of your own home. If you're not sure you need the help, read the information provided below. Here are four signs that you and your baby need breastfeeding support.
Your Baby Doesn't Nurse Properly
If you've never breastfed before, you might not know that there's a specific way for your baby to latch on. Improper latching can lead to a variety of other problems. If you're not sure that your baby is struggling to latch on to the nipple, you can watch for tell-tale signs. First, does your baby fall asleep at the breast? Second, does your baby tug and pull at the nipple in frustration? Finally, are your nipples red, sore or bleeding? If you can answer yes to any of the questions presented here, breastfeeding support can help. Your breastfeeding support provider can help you to learn techniques that will help your baby latch on to the breast more effectively.
Your Baby Isn't Wetting Nappies
During the first few days of life, your newborn won't wet many nappies, especially if they're breastfed. That's because there's not much milk production. However, after the first week, your breastfed baby should wet at least six to eight nappies every 24 hours. If your baby isn't wetting that many nappies, there could be a problem with milk production. If that's the case, you should arrange for breastfeeding support. This type of support can help you improve your milk production, which will help your baby get the nutrition they need.
Your Baby Has Stool Changes
You can tell a lot about your baby from the colour of their poop. Your baby's first stool should be a dark, tar-like consistency. After your baby has breastfed for a few days, their stool should change to a mustard-yellow consistency. This change shows that your baby is getting all the breast milk they need to stay healthy and hydrated. In most cases, your baby will have at least one bowel movement each day while breastfeeding. Changes in colour or consistency could be a sign that you need breastfeeding support.
Your Baby Isn't Gaining Weight
If you're breastfeeding, and your milk supply is good, your baby should gain at least 155 grams per week during their first four months of life. If your baby isn't keeping up with those weight gain standards, or they're losing weight, there's a good chance that your milk supply is lacking. If that's the case, you need to consult with a breastfeeding support provider.