HUG Newsletter Breastfeeding: Weeks Five & Six

Here’s a trick for freeing up a blocked milk duct:

Suction is stronger above baby’s nose and below chin. So – point baby’s nose toward the blocked duct. Gently massaging the area as she nurses will help the milk flow.

Baby awakens less often when she goes from Active/Light back to Still/Deep Sleep!

Identifying Light and Deep Sleep will help you sleep better and meet your breastfeeding goals.

  • Light Sleep: Baby wiggles, eyes open, makes sounds
  • Deep Sleep: Baby has no eye movement, makes few sounds and is usually completely still
  • As newborns, babies seem programed to wake up at each Light Sleep cycle to breastfeed. However, once your breastfeeding is well established, many babies can return to Deep Sleep if mothers will let them!

Click HERE to see Active/Light and Still/Deep Sleep in Action!

Changes in your breastmilk cause less stools

There are two main proteins in your breastmilk: Casein and Whey. During the first month of baby’s life, 90% of the protein in your milk is Whey. It remains as a liquid and is easier for baby to digest.

At about 4-6 weeks your milk magically changes to exactly what the baby NOW needs – 50% Whey and 50% Casein. This increase in Casein causes baby to stool less. Though you had learned previously to watch for 6 stools a day as proof that breastfeeding was going well, this change in stooling in expected and is NOT a sign of inadequate milk. It’s good news for your baby because your milk contains the exact protein she now needs! It’s good news for you because you’ll change less diapers!

Breast may not now feel like they are filling and emptying

Because your baby is regulating to the amount of milk your baby needs, most mothers notice that the breast do not feel full and empty after each feeding. This change is normal. As long as your baby is gaining 1/2 – 1 oz a day and seems satisfied after nursing, all is good!

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