Need Help? When to ask for help….
Baby is older than 3 days old and is still not latching.
Baby is older than 5 days old and mom’s nipples are painful, blistered or cracked.
Baby is 7 days old and you are having to supplement. Or you feel like your milk has not come in yet.
Baby is not having adequate wets or dirties without having to supplement. A simple guideline is one wet and one dirty per day of age each day until baby is 5 days old. After that, 3-5 dirties per day with at least one of them equal to a tablespoonful, plus 6-8 wets. Use diapers with a line that turns blue to help you track wets since babies have very small bladders and it’s easy to miss a wet.
Baby has not gained back to birth weight by 2 weeks of age.
Baby is wanting to nurse every hour or for more than an hour at a time around the clock.
Mom is tense, exhausted and feels unable to relax while breastfeeding. Persistent neck, back or breast pain.
Mom’s breasts do not soften with breastfeeding and painful lumps remain. If mom has a fever over 101, she should contact her healthcare provider for assistance.
Other situations where help might be needed:
Adoption – induced lactation. Yes, it is possible to bring milk in and create a breastfeeding relationship between you and your adoptive baby.