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Breastfeeding - the first few days

Family Skin to skin newborn

Every single drop of breastmilk is invaluable and it may seem overwhelming at times, but remember we are here to support you at this special time. Babies tend to breastfeed well at the birth and then sometimes appear less interested in feeding after the birth, this can be typical behaviour. We encourage lots of skin-to-skin contact to encourage the baby to feed more frequently. 

If you are planning to have a Caesarean we would also encourage skin-to-skin at birth to support your baby’s instinctive behaviour. 

For more information please click link - http://www.feedgood.scot/stages/first-few-days#why-breastfeed-in-the-first-few-days

If you are planning to have a Caesarean we would also encourage skin-to-skin at birth to support your baby's instinctive behaviour.

How to breastfeed

  • Keep your baby close
  • Skin-to-skin contact for as long as possible
  • Remember CHIN
    • Close
    • Head free
    • In line
    • Nose to nipple
  • Respond to your baby's feeding cues
  • Feel reassured that your baby will be getting enough milk if they are feeding frequently

This image shows what to expect when your baby is feeding well

Dirty nappies
Use this checklist to help you understand when to be concerned and to seek advice.

Always seek help if you have any concerns, especially if you have pain when your baby feeds.


What does effective attachment look like?

These two videos will help you tell the difference -

For informative advice on breastfeeding attachment watch this video from Global Health Media.  

The video below shows what effective breastfeeding looks like.