What to Expect During the First Week of Breastfeeding Your Newborn?

As a parent, it is important that you start preparing for your newborn. Most parents typically buy some of their baby’s essentials, including a stroller, some milk bottles, and even their traveling bag, among others.

After giving birth to your baby, your emotions might be all over the place. That is because you might experience your very first flowing of milk inside your breasts and you might even experience postpartum depression as well.

But, what exactly can you expect during the first week after your baby is born, especially in terms of breastfeeding?

When is the Best Time to Breastfeed My Newborn?

The very first time your baby feeds on your breastmilk is actually just the first hour after they are born. Instinctively, your baby should latch on to your breast and they will initiate a movement that will start the milk supply. The nurses would often help in making sure that your baby is near your chest so that they will be given instant access to their milk supply. They might actually start feeding but do not be worried if they do not do this automatically as it happens some of the time as well.

Since your newborn will not be able to support their bodies on their own, you have to support them while they attempt to feed off of your breast. Remember, your baby should latch on to your breasts but you rarely have to do anything other than supporting their entire bodies as they are able to do that on an instinctual level.

Do not worry, though, as healthcare professionals will be able to provide you with some assistance, especially if your baby doesn’t seem to latch on to your breasts. At this point, you want to remain as calm as possible because this can happen sometimes.

When your baby starts to suck milk off of your breast, encourage them to feed as long as they like. This is the moment where mother-and-baby bonding happens. This skin-to-skin contact may encourage the increased bond by releasing a hormone known as oxytocin, otherwise known as the ‘love hormone’.

What to Do if Everything Doesn’t Go According to Plan?

There are times where your delivery will not be normal. If you had C-section or perhaps any other complications regarding your childbirth, you might not be able to provide skin-to-skin contact with your baby.

Do not worry, though. If this happens, you can have your partner have contact with your baby instead. This will still provide them with the bond and the nurturing they need during their crucial moments. Giving them the warmth that the body usually gives off will provide them with the same loving feeling that mothers typically provide to their offspring.

Again, if you are trying to breastfeed your baby and they do not start sucking your breasts, then do not worry. You continue to do so after a while until they start latching on to your body to start feeding. This is a normal process and should not be a cause for concern.