Most medical professionals recommend letting a baby eat on demand. But during the first few days of breastfeeding, be sure to awaken your baby for feedings about every 2 hours. This will help to get your milk supply going. To make the transition from sleep gradual and comfortable, try the following:
Cool your baby off by taking off his or her clothes. Have skin-to-skin contact with your baby as you place him or her for feeding. Keep a lightweight blanket nearby.
Tickle your baby lightly wherever you get a reaction (on the feet, neck, top of head, or stomach).
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerMary Moe Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics