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  • Nurse as soon as the baby is willing after birth. Many newborn infants are quietly alert for an hour or two and interested in learning to nurse.
  • Encourage the baby to latch correctly. The lactation and nursing staff can assist you with positioning and timing. It sometimes takes a little while for the baby to learn to open wide and latch on effectively.
  • Nurse frequently and on demand. A newborn infant may need to nurse 10-12 times a day at first.
  • Avoid supplements, pacifiers and artificial nipples at first, if possible. Nursing frequently will help establish a good milk supply and ensure that the baby gets enough to eat.
  • Eat well and drink enough fluid, about 500 extra calories and 6-8 glasses of water. Rest as much as you possibly can.