Skin to skin contact is the best way to say hello to your new baby.
Once you and your baby are comfortable with breastfeeding, you may want to express milk so that someone else can feed your baby when you’re not there. This can be useful if you want to continue breastfeeding when you go back to work, or even if you just want to have a night out. You can express by hand or use a breast pump.
For more information on expresing breast milk check BreastFedBabies website.
To find more information about expressing and storing breastmilk please check The Breastfeeding Network website.
Feeding your baby as often as he shows signs of wanting to breastfeed will help make sure that you produce the amount of milk your baby needs. Responsive feeding means that you respond to your baby’s early feeding cues, these are things like starting to waken, licking his lips, making sucking noises and sucking his fingers.
Although breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby, you both still need to learn how to do it and you may both need some practice to get it right. If you have good information and support, and are confident about feeding, you should be able to overcome any problems that arise.