If your breasts get full, have your baby empty them for you by frequent feeding
Engorgement is natural in the first few days. Emptying your breasts helps. Massage your breast during the feeding to empty them more completely. If that is not enough, you may use a breast pump prior to feedings to get the milk flowing and shape the nipple, then feed the baby. After feedings, if you are still over-filled, use the breast pump again. Ice is also a good way to slow down breastmilk production at this time. And it will feel good!
Look for one wet diaper according to baby’s age until day 6
For example, 3 wet diapers on day three, four on day four, and so on. Continue with 6 wet diapers and 2-3 stools daily. More is fine, but if you are not getting these minimums, call a lactation consultant or your health care provider for evaluation of your situation and advice.
If your nipples get sore
Try the sandwich hold. Gently squeeze the breast into a “sandwich”. Create an oval of the areola with your thumb lined up with your baby’s nose, your fingers under the breast.
When do I get to sleep?
Sleep when your baby sleeps. Newborns tend to feed a lot at night and sleep more during the
day. Around the clock feeds are grueling and you can maximize your sleep by napping when your baby does. Accustom yourself to these quick “cat-naps” to help you feel refreshed. You can also encourage the baby to spend more time awake during the day by feeding and playing.
Find your groove
It will take several weeks for you and your baby to get into a pattern of feedings and nap times. Go with the flow and learn what your baby’s natural rhythms are. Schedules don’t tend to work until the baby is a bit older and bigger. You can encourage a more predictable pattern later.