Hang in there! Breastfeeding is worth it!! Yes, it's normal to feel all you do is nurse!! It's important that your baby feeds every 2 - 3 hours. If breastfeeding is new to you and your little one, remember that it takes practice to get things just right! Most first time moms need a little reassurance from time to time... Here are AMAZING VIDEOS TO HELP YOU!
There may be times when doing some short term or intermittent bottle feeding may be a stepping stone to successful breastfeeding. Of course, the feeding of choice is the mother’s pumped breastmilk, but formula may be necessary in selected situations.
Temporary use of a bottle nipple may be useful for:
- Allow extremely sore nipples time to heal when they are not responding to attempts to correct the positioning and latch-on.
- Disorganized or dysfunctional suckle. AND...
Babies are often sleepy during the first week or so. They may not awaken often enough to feed: remember newborns need to eat 8-12 times per 24 hours. Or once the feeding has begun, they may fall asleep again. Here are a few suggestions for waking your baby. Some work better on certain babies than others. When one quits working, try another.