A. Every 24 hours, your newborn should nurse eight to 12 times and produce at least six wet diapers. Depending on his or her age, a baby should have two to five loose yellow bowel movements per day.
A. Try tucking a tissue inside.
A. Breast-feed often to minimize engorgement, a temporary overfilling of your breasts. It also helps to express, or squeeze out, a little breast milk before each feeding.
Your body soon will adjust to produce only as much milk as your baby needs. In the meantime, you can use an over-the-counter pain medicine to relieve pain. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen will not harm your baby. Cold compresses between breast-feeding sessions also may reduce pain and swelling.
A. The following strategies should help:
Ask your doctor or a nurse if you are holding your baby correctly.
Breast-feed on the least sore side.
Try the football hold, tucking your baby under your arm like a football with your arm cradling his or her head. This position puts the baby’s lips in a different place on your breast.
Let expressed milk dry on your nipples between feedings. To speed this up, dry your nipples with a hair dryer set on low.
Apply purified lanolin cream to your breasts.
A. Use cotton pads in your bra to absorb liquid. And keep a sweater, jacket, or change of blouse handy.
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