Babies can demonstrate a variety of hunger cues indicating they are ready for breastfeeding. The best way to have an easy feeding period is to tune-in to baby’s cues before they are crying. Your baby is probably trying to tell you their hungry well before crying! Crying is actually the last hunger cue!
Awakening (when sleeping skin-to-skin this might be the first and only cue, as baby will navigate towards breast for feeding)
Rooting (turning head & mouth towards stimulus or touch on cheek- moving towards the breast)
Crying- begining softly and gradually intensifying
Hopefully you’ll find that breastfeeding is much more pleasant for mom & baby when it’s baby led by hunger cues vs. attempting to feed a fussy baby. Although breastfeeding is natural, it is a learning process for both you and baby. Allow yourself time to adjust, tune into cues, and perfect your latch-on techniques (seek the help of a professional if you are becoming frustrated. Once breastfeeding is established, it can be the most rewarding experience of motherhood.
If you need support during your breastfeed struggles contact Dr. Erika– as a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (certified through Lactation Education Resources), she can offer assistance, troubleshooting suggestions-as well as, chiropractic care for your infant.
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Birth Team: Intown Midwifery and Doula Paige White at Atlanta Medical Center
This birth was truly a joy to capture. The love for each other that mom and dad have is so apparent and was magical to capture. Dad was so great with encouraging mom and helping her get this sweet baby here. Doula Paige was so great to work with and was really informative as well as helping mom fight through the pain. Mom was so strong and even if she might not have felt so, looked absolutely beautiful all during labor and postpartum. She was in labor with this little guy for 40 hours, and spent four of those hours pushing him out. It was all worth it when John Martin made his appearance just shy of midnight. Enjoy!