I answered a few questions you guys have had about breastfeeding, sleep schedules, and postpartum/life with baby in general on Stories! Here's a recap of everything we discussed.
Q: Is breastfeeding something you figure out as you go? Do you have any resources?
A: I was also intimidated by breastfeeding while I was pregnant, but it came really naturally to me thankfully! I know that isn't always the case. I took advantage off the resources our hospital gave us. Our lactation nurse was wonderful and gave us lots of information and their phone number for if we needed them after we were home! You can review some breastfeeding resources here at www.womenhealth.gov.
Q: Did your milk come in immediately? Any trouble feeding him at the hospital? (I'm due 8/6!)
A: No! My milk came in a few days after he was born. He was just getting colostrum (a breast fluid produced before breast milk is released; it's very nutritious and contains high levels of antibodies, which are proteins that fight infections and bacteria) the first few days of life. This is a very normal timeframe! I know it can be stressful waiting for your milk to come in and wondering if they're getting enough nutrients. This is why we track newborns' weight closely... Babies usually drop in weight the first week or so after birth! Babies are more resilient than we think, so try not to stress TOO much!