Seven Steps To A Breastfeeding Routine

Here's 7 steps on how to set up and what to do in a breastfeeding routine.

Step 1 - Set up 2 permanent spots

Have a night feeding spot and a day feeding spot. Have a place to put your stuff, a bib and a pillow (can be a small cushion) at each spot.

In the night, it's best to stay in the dark. A good spot could be in baby's room, in a leaning chair with a very soft light turned on, and a moving cart next to the chair so you can put your phone, water and anything else you need. A moving cart's ideal in this situation because you can move it to the side you can reach depending on the breast you're giving. In the day, a good spot could be in the living room couch, somewhere you can put your legs up.

Step 2 - Have a fan ready

Chances are your baby will heat up and sweat when it's feeding, just as much as you. Having a fan pointed in your direction can make things way more comfortable! This Dyson fan is expensive but so incredibly useful - and it comes with a remote control so you can change the strength of the fan from the couch while baby is feeding!

Step 3 - Use Baby Daybook

Use the Baby Daybook app to check on the time since the last feeding, and to know which boob to give. Then use it to time this feeding. You'll love having this kind of insight and there's no shame in using an app to get to know baby better!

A fast eater can be done by 5 to 7 minutes. A 10 minute feeding is ideal, unless you notice baby is slow and distracted in which case it could last longer.

Step 4 - Help baby latch on

You'll learn how to do this right after birth, at the hospital (or elsewhere) but you'll still need some practice once you're back home. Make sure baby has its mouth well around your areola and that its lips are turned inside out so the suction is optimal. Squeeze your breast into a shape that is easier to latch on if needed and pay attention. Soon, baby will do everything by him/herself.

Step 5 - One breast at a time

There are many ways to breastfeed but giving one breast per feed helps for 2 major reasons: 1, your baby will get the end of your milk (the fat) and that will sustain him/her for a longer period, and help him/her fall back asleep; and 2, you don't need to worry about the change to the other breast after your baby latches on.

Step 6 - Pay attention

Pay attention while baby feeds. You'll be able to notice baby needing a break to burp. It will not always latch off, but it'll start to squirm and make faces. After the break, try the same breast. Notice your baby may not latch on again in which case it could be full. If it latches on again, notice when it slows down. If baby doesn't latch off by itself, you could - while keeping an eye on the timer in Daybook - gently remove the breast by inserting your pinky in baby's mouth.

Step 7 - Burp baby

After the feeding is done, spend at least 5 minutes in an upright position, tapping its back. You may need to spend 10, 15 to 20 minutes. Soon, baby will burp almost by itself.

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