Nurse as long and as frequently as baby wants: Follow your baby's feeding cues. A baby shows hunger signs long before that first cry. Your baby's breathing might change, you'll notice wiggles and stretches, rooting or a fist heading to the mouth.
Avoid nipple confusion: While your baby learns to breastfeed, some experts recommend that you skip bottles and stick to just the breast.
Know when to ask for help: Ask a lactation consultant for help if your baby isn't latching on well, or nursing just doesn't "feel right." Here are some additional signals to be aware of:
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