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Breastfeeding your Newborn, with Dr. Jack Newman

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #14

Planning to breastfeed your newborn? In this episode of the Birthful Podcast I talk with none other than Dr. Jack Newman on what to expect, what to avoid, and when to ask for help, in order to get breastfeeding off to a good start.

To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.


What we talked about:

  • Preparing for a good breastfeeding relationship
  • What good support looks like
  • Why skin-to-skin
  • How do you know if baby’s getting enough milk?
  • The obsession with baby’s weight, and how it can create unnecessary angst
  • Sore nipples – causes and best cures
  • Why your pediatrician (or PCP) probably knows nothing about breastfeeding
  • Why Jack hates nipple shields (and –for different reasons– he also dislikes kale)
  • Jaundice and breastfeeding


Great videos and other links on newborn breastfeeding:

Here you can see all of the videos that Jack mentioned on the show (and more!), including:

Along with many valuable handouts

And here’s what has for you on newborns.


Jack and baby
Courtesy of Dr. Jack Newman
About Dr. Jack Newman

You most likely know Dr. Newman from the book that he wrote with Teresa Pitman, known in the US as “The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers”, or “Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding” as it’s known in Canada. More recently, he and Teresa wrote the book “The Latch and other keys to Breastfeeding Success”. And he also has a great DVD resource called “Dr. Jack Newman’s Visual Guide to Breastfeeding”.

In 1984, Jack founded the first hospital based breastfeeding clinic in Canada, and has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, evaluating the first candidate hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast and Canada.

Jack has written articles or given talks on possibly anything that may affect breastfeeding, including medications, jaundice, formula use, nipple confusion, nipple pain, latch, prematurity, nipple shields, and ways to encourage, support and maintain breastfeeding relationships.

He currently works at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute, based at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, where creates many breastfeeding resources and helps moms diagnose breastfeeding concerns, treat pain, address milk supply issues, and concerns around babies’ health as related to feeding, and help to prevent future problems.

You can contact Dr. Newman through his contact form on his website: (he’s really good at getting back to you!), tap into his informational resources in many languages (including all the fabulous videos that we mentioned), or join the conversation on Facebook.

Adriana Lozada