- Starting to wake
- Smacking or licking lips
- Opening and closing mouth
- Sucking on lips, tongue or hands
Try to avoid artificial nipples, such as bottles and pacifiers, for the first few weeks. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until breastfeeding is well established, about 3 weeks for most babies, before introducing a pacifier to a breastfeeding baby. Pacifiers can keep you from noticing early hunger cues and can interfere with a baby learning to breastfeed.
Breastfeed exclusively. Only offering breast milk to the baby encourages a better milk supply to be established. The first two weeks after delivery are when prolactin, a hormone that helps make breast milk, increases to produce adequate milk for the baby. Plenty of time spent with your baby breastfeeding and holding him or her will aid in stimulating prolactin levels.
Source: Missouri Show Me Five Hospital Initiative link: http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/breastfeeding