About Week 3 - 6
Hopefully, by now you and your baby are both finding breastfeeding easier and you have bundles of confidence. Breastfeeding benefits are cumulative, but remember that any amount of breastfeeding has a positive effect.
As you approach the first month of your baby’s life, sleep deprivation and parental worries might rear their ugly heads.Baby blues are normal as looking after a newborn is very tiring, but if negative feelings are extreme or prolonged, you are at risk of post natal depression (PND). If you have any concerns, discuss your feelings with your doctor.
Healthcare professionals, breastfeeding counsellors and lactation consultants are there to help you if you have problems breastfeeding or worry about your baby’s progress. It also helps to confide in loved ones and chat to other mums - it’s very reassuring to find out that all parents have their ups and downs.
At around six weeks all your efforts will be rewarded by your baby’s first gummy smile. At this time your baby will also go through a growth spurt, which will last two or three days, so don’t worry if he/she is feeding all the time.