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Transition Issues - Feeding, Timing, and Frequency

It is very important for you to put baby to breast soon after birth. The infant is still very alert after delivery and will usually have a successful feeding. Once the baby is warmed and wrapped, infants become sleepy and may not feed well. Seek help for the first feeding. Remember this is a new relationship with feeding even if this it not your first baby.

There are several positions that can be used in breastfeeding. You may find a position that is more comfortable for you or develop one of your own.

The positions that seem to work well for mothers are described below for you:

Across the Lap (Cross Cradle) Hold the baby’s shoulders in the palm of your hand with your arm supporting the baby’s bottom. Bring baby across your lap. Use your other hand under the breast from the side for support during feeding.

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