How to begin breastfeeding

When you feed your baby in the first few days, she will be getting colostrum, a concentrated superfood. Colostrum is rich in disease-protective factors and meets the newborn's unique nutritional needs. Its protein factors help prevent low blood sugar, and its laxative properties help the baby to eliminate the first bowel movements (called meconium) from the intestines. Because delayed passage of meconium can contribute to newborn jaundice, it is to your baby's advantage to consume as much colostrum as possible. A little goes a long way!

Louise Arce Tellalian, RN, LCCE, FACCE, CLC, is a childbirth educator and a UCLA-certified lactation consultant in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA. In addition, she is a lecturer and nurse-instructor for the UCLA extension lactation educator and consultant training programs. She has written a booklet, "Breastfeeding and Returning to the Workplace," and lectures frequently on the topics of childbirth and breastfeeding. Her two adult children were Lamaze babies and were breastfed.

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