Here are some key things I discuss with my clients to help make sure they have a happy, healthy postpartum:
- Keep your (naked) baby at your (naked) breast as much as possible. Your baby NEEDS to be skin-to-skin, even when dad is taking a turn. This will help your milk supply and ensure your baby gets exactly what he needs.
- Realize that nursing is more than a full-time job. Ask for support if you need it.
- Realize that nursing can take time for mom and/or baby to learn. Don’t give up and ask for help if you need it.
- Find a pediatrician or other doctor for your baby prior to birth. Consider seeing and enlisting the help of this professional with your newborn needs after birth. As midwives, we are limited in our newborncare.