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The First Five Days Table of Contents

  • Three astonishing facts about breastfeeding! 5
  • Your body already knows what to do 5
  • Your baby already knows how to breastfeed 6
  • Your health care provider may not be the best person to give you advice 6
  • Culture matters 7
  • We live in a bottle feeding culture. 7
  • If your family bottle feeds 7
  • It is common to give up in the first few weeks 8
  • There is no such thing as a free lunch! 8
  • The problem with formula is not that it’s bad. 9
  • How will I know if I can be successful breastfeeding? 9
  • The 5 warning signs you NEED help, the three best places to get it & why it's not the internet 10
  • How Google and YouTube make things worse 10
  • The three best sources of help: 11
  • Find your tribe 11
  • Birth and breastfeeding are meant to go together. 13
  • What birth practices affect breastfeeding? 13
  • You may, or may not, have an ideal birth 15
  • Day 1 16
  • What’s normal 17
  • The very first thing to do 17
  • What skin-to-skin contact is (And is not!) 17
  • The role of colostrum 18
  • Two reasons to practice breastfeeding with colostrum 18
  • Human milk production on autopilot 18
  • Poop 19
  • How to get a “good" latch. 19
  • Initiate breastfeeding 19
  • How often you feed tells your breasts how much milk to make. 20
  • The myth of the areola 21
  • Day 2 22
  • Cluster feeding is normal on the second night 23
  • What a "good latch" is and is not. 23
  • Practice, practice, practice 24
  • Breast massage 25
  • Breast compressions 25
  • Hand expression 25
  • My baby is “starving” 26
  • How to have a great milk supply 26
  • It’s not rocket science, but it’s not obvious either 27
  • Frequency 27
  • Pay attention to your baby's sucking and behavior. 28
  • Day 3 29
  • Milk comes in 30
  • Preventing engorgement 30
  • You don’t have to wait for your breasts to fill up 30
  • Switch sides frequently 31
  • Worrying about not having enough milk may be the #1 worry of all new mothers! 32
  • How breastfeeding works 32
  • How bottle feeding works 33
  • On day 3, several breastfeeding problems become apparent and/or critical 33
  • Day 4 35
  • How you know if you have enough milk 36
  • Why is my baby always hungry? 36
  • Cows grow 1000 pounds the first year 36
  • Whales grow 1000 pounds every 4 days 36
  • Humans grow their brains 37
  • What if you have too much milk? 38
  • Getting comfortable breastfeeding 38
  • Learning breastfeeding in a bottle feeding family 40
  • Risks of bottle-feeding too early 40
  • These misconceptions can cause you to quit breastfeeding in the first few days 41
  • Day 5 42
  • What’s normal 43
  • If your milk has not come in 43
  • If things are not going well 44
  • Once you taste failure, quitting will cross your mind. 44
  • What happens if you don’t want to quit? 45
  • It doesn’t have to be like that. 45
  • Breastfeeding is like riding a bike 45
  • What happens when you see a lactation consultant 46
  • What’s next? 46

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