Since the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with the statement supporting breastfeeding until a baby is 1 year old, there has been increased interest in the subject. Because there is nearly an entire generation of women who had not experienced breastfeeding, many mothers have no one to answer their breastfeeding concerns.
The aim of the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program is to dispel myths or unreasoned fears and to provide accurate information that supports those who want to breastfeed. In addition to the program nutritionists and nurses that are trained as breastfeeding educators, WIC also utilizes peer counselors to enhance the program.
Peers are non-professional staff that have training in the basics of breastfeeding and who have experience breastfeeding their own babies. Topics such as "Breastfeeding for the first 4 to 6 Weeks" (see below) are discussed, along with subjects like "How to Latch-On" and "Advantages of Breastfeeding."
Positive Signs Breastfeeding is probably going well when:
Your baby nurses 8-12 times per 24 hours, or every 1½ to 3 hours during the day and at least once during the night.
Your baby nurses at least 20-30 minutes at breast.
Your baby has 6-8 wet, not damp, diapers per day.
Your baby has several bowel movements per day.
Your baby is happy, alert, and waking to be fed.
You can hear your baby swallowing while nursing.
Your breast becomes softer after nursing.
Tips for MOM
You should feel a firm tug when your baby latches-on, but there should be no pain. Breastfeeding should not hurt. If it does hurt, your baby may not be latched-on well. Break your baby's suction by putting your finger in the corner of his or her mouth before taking baby off the breast.
Positions (Cradle-hold) Tummy to Tummy
Baby's lower arm around your waist
Baby's back supported with your arm
Pillows used for support, if needed
You are sitting up straight, not leaning over baby
No clicking or smacking sounds are heard
Baby's lips form a V-shape on your breast
You can see baby's jaws move when swallowing
Let nipples air dry after each nursing
Express a little breast milk on your nipples and let dry
Take nap when baby sleeps
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