Re: 5 days before milk with previous births.. Doomed to repeat?
Nurse immediately after birth and as often as you can for as long as you can. Also, offer nothing by mouth other than the breast - no pacifiers, bottles, nothing.
If you have a natural birth, you may find you have a newborn who is much more awake and alert that will nurse more aggressively from the beginning.
You could also stimulate with a pump if baby is a bit lazy or sleepy.
If for any reason you would wind up having to offer any supplementation, use a dropper and try giving your own colostrum (if you've pumped). Even if you should have to use formula for some reason, I'd still offer it with a dropper so baby doesn't get lazy at the breast.
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Step-mom to 26yoss & Step-granny to 4, Caretaker of 2 dogs, 7 cats & 2 mini pb pigs
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