Breastfeeding Timeline for the First Year: What to Expect
Breastfeeding is one of the best choices you can make for you and your baby. It offers several health benefits that promote overall wellness. Throughout the first year, you’ll experience changes in your breastfeeding routine as your baby grows older. Knowing what to expect with our breastfeeding timeline can help you identify and prepare to change your routine.
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Milestone #1: Latching on to the breast
During your baby’s first week, your focus will mostly be on making sure your baby latches on properly. Sometimes issues with latching is part of the breastfeeding timeline. If you experience problems getting your baby to latch on, get help from a lactation consultant. They can offer tips and guide you through the process. When your baby knows how to latch on, you can reduce the risk for sore, blistered, or cracked nipples. You can also increase your body’s milk production.
Milestone #2: Fulfilling supply and demand for milk
When your baby is two weeks old, you’ll notice that supply and demand for your milk will start increasing. This is because your baby’s growth and development rates will start soaring. Furthermore, you’ll both settle into a comfortable breastfeeding routine. Prepare for your baby to require more milk during feedings. Fortunately, your body will generate the amount of milk needed to provide your baby with adequate supply.
Milestone #3: Preparing for teeth and foods
Between the age of four and six months, your baby will start teething. If he or she latches on properly, you may not experience pain or discomfort from biting, unless your baby alters the feeding position to avoid hitting sore spots on the gums. Around this same time period, your baby may be ready to eat solid foods, even if teething hasn’t started. Start mixing breast milk with baby cereal, and introduce him or her to pureed fruits, vegetables, and meats.
Milestone #4: Preparing for breastfeeding distractions
Around the age of nine months, your baby may start losing interest in breastfeeding as he or she becomes distracted by what’s going on in the world around them. If this happens, don’t become discouraged. Distractions are part of the breastfeeding timeline. Instead, head to a quiet spot with fewer distractions so both of you can enjoy more fulfilling, relaxing breastfeeding sessions.
In addition to comprehensive, board-certified obstetrical care for women during their pregnancy, labor, and delivery journeys, Women’s Care Florida offers breastfeeding support and education for new moms. Schedule an appointment with WCF today and learn more about breastfeeding and its benefits for you and your baby.