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Clinical pearl: Give baby until 4 days past his due date to get the hang of breastfeeding

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My pearl of wisdom is for moms who are having difficulty with breastfeeding that they need to give the baby until 4 days past his due date to get the hang of it, We see so many c-sections and planned inductions that some days the majority of our babies are 2-4 weeks early. Moms seem to understand this and many seem willing to try the extra work to get to this date (keep supplementing, keep waking, keep pumping). Of the mom and baby pairs that have continued to BF only 2 babies let me down by not catching on by the date. One of them had developmental delay. – ABM Member Gail Hertz, Pennsylvania, USA.

At ABM’s 2010 Intenational Meeting, members from around the world submitted their breastfeeding clinical pearls and mythbusters. We’ll be sharing the Top Ten winners on the blog this week. Clinical pearls reflect the opinions of individual ABM members, not the organization as a whole.

Written by bfmed

November 1, 2010 at 9:33 am

Posted in Mythbusters

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  1. Great advice. Having had two c-sections and an induction, I know it can take a while for baby (and mom!) to get the hang of things for a variety of reasons. Patience and trust in ourselves and our babies are the major factors I stress as a postpartum doula. Thank you 🙂

    The Maven

    November 1, 2010 at 9:42 am

  2. brilliant

    Elizabeth Brooks

    November 1, 2010 at 11:39 am

  3. What an awesome tidbit. This is such a great approach. I think for a lot of moms the 1-year goal is what they come in with and that can seem so daunting in those first few days. I think this is right on the money. Setting smaller, much more achievable goals is the way to go.


    November 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm

  4. This message needs to spoken loudly and often, mamas be gentle with yourselves….


    November 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

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