a postpartum doula offers reassuring breastfeeding support ~ especially helpful on day three & four postpartum
If you’re breastfeeding an especially comforting and important time to have support is on days three and four postpartum. This is when your breast milk is transitioning from the smaller amounts of colostrum to the more abundant volume of mature milk. Baby’s tiny tummy, at first only as big as a cherry, is a good match for the first days of the rich, thick golden milk as long as baby is put to the breast early and often. But many families get nervous about their baby getting enough to eat as the milk volume just begins to increase. It can be a huge comfort to have a knowledgeable support person at your side to help you assess, encourage, and guide you through these delicate few days.
This is also a great time to check in about how your baby feels at the breast so you move through the next days in comfort and with continued confidence. Your doula can help get things back on track if that's what's needed or just offer some reassurance that what you’re experiencing is natural and normal for a newborn!
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reflections of a postpartum doula