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Mother’s milk is the perfect food for your baby – breastfed babies are healthier babies: natural, free, clean, healthy and safe.

Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

  • It may take 2 – 3 weeks to feel secure that your baby is thriving on your breast milk
  • Try to nurse your infant in the delivery room or as early as possible
  • Early and frequent breastfeeding will allow your milk supply to become established to satisfy your baby’s needs
  • Bring your baby to your breast, not your breast to your baby
  • Hold your baby close with his chest against yours and his chin against your breast
  • Do not give your infant water or formula unless directed by your pediatrician or lactation consultant
  • Drink a lot of fluids and eat well
  • Breastfeeding will become easy and natural

Breastfeeding is going well when

  • Your baby nurses 8 – 12 times in a 24-hour period
  • Your baby nurses about 15 minutes on each breast
  • Your baby has at least 3 wet diapers a day during the first few days and 6 wet diapers by the end of the first week
  • Your baby has one or more yellow, seedy bowel movements a day by the end of the first week
  • You can hear and see your baby continue sucking and hear swallowing while nursing
  • Your full breasts are softer after the baby nurses

You can still feed if

  • Your breast is red and swollen (which may be mastitis)
  • Your nipples are sore or cracked (breast shields, breast pump or expressing by hand might be necessary)

Breastfeeding Benefits Your Baby

  • Provides the best feeding for your infant
  • Contains all nutrients your infant needs for the first 6 months of life (except Vitamin D which your pediatrician will prescribe for your nursing infant)
  • Breast milk is easier to digest
  • Breast milk protects your baby from illness
  • Decreases the risk for allergies
  • Creates a special bond between you and your baby
  • Supports optimal brain development

Breastfeeding Benefits You

  • No preparation
  • No cost
  • Always readily available to feed your baby
  • Helps your uterus return to its normal size faster
  • Evidence suggest that there is a decreased incidence of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis in women who breastfed

Help is available!

  • Your infant should be seen by the pediatrician 2 to 3 days after discharge and again at 7 to 10 days of age
  • Your baby’s pediatrician and your lactation consultant can provide you with help and support during your breastfeeding experience

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