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Beginning Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding should begin at birth or as soon after as possible.

Breastfeeding should begin at birth or as soon after as possible.

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the ideal time to begin breastfeeding is right at birth. Here are some tips for those first few feeding to help get you and baby off on the right foot.

This Week's Lesson

Starting Out Right
Dr. Jack Newman talks about the first feeding for you and your baby.

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Positions for Breastfeeding
From nursing one baby to nursing twins, here are photos and descriptions of how to hold your baby while you nurse, including some less common positions.

Breastfeeding Forum
Do you have questions about breastfeeding logistics? Common problems? Or how to make breastfeeding fit into your life? Check out our breastfeeding forum. This login takes you to the start page of the pregnancy forum, look at the list and select breastfeeding.

How to Breastfeed a Baby
A quick, step by step, guide to learning to breastfeed.

How to Swaddle a Baby
This is a great way to help calm a flailing baby when you're trying to nurse. Swaddling a baby is an age old remedy for calming a newborn. New parents would do just about anything to limit crying. There are a couple of techniques for swaddling and here they are step by step.

New Baby Diaper Chart
New parents love to talk about what's in their baby's diaper. I have to admit that I've been guilty of this myself. It's also important to note that the changes your baby's stools go through can be quite dramatic and even worrisome if you're a new parent. This chart can help you know what's normal and what's not.

Is my baby hungry?
Answers to this seemingly obvious question that may surprise you...

Positions for feeding your baby.
From the basics position to more advanced positions, here are some photos of how to nurse your baby.

See you next week in class for: Solutions for Breastfeeding Problems

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