The First Breastfeeding

It is one of the most emotionally charged moments you will have as a new mother when you and your newborn have the first feeding.

Breastfeeding is a continuation of that intimate relationship you shared with your child when they were in your womb. If your birth was straightforward and little or no drugs were administered then you will most likely find that your child is ready, willing, and wanting to begin breastfeeding right away. Your child’s sucking instinct is the strongest within the few hours after birth.

If your child’s birth did not come so easily then they may have a more challenging time to initiate the first feeding, but don’t worry. Many children grow to become excellent breast feeders regardless of their first experience. Your new baby will appreciate and draw comfort from being near you, regardless of how much they can actually eat at this time.

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