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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding



Baby and breast are the perfect feeding team!

For the best nutrition, breastmilk is the best food to feed a baby. It is made specifically to meet the nutritional needs of babies. Human breastmilk changes as the baby grows to offer the best nutrients for the baby. It has over 1000 components - many of these have not been duplicated in infant formula.

Over the past 25 years, research has continued to show that breastmilk is better than infant formula. In fact, more studies are released each year showing that there are health risks to the baby and the mother when they do not breastfeed.

Infant formula should be seen as a `safety net` for babies who cannot breastfeed and not as an equal replacement.

Many common illnesses, such as colds, flu, skin infections or diarrhea, cannot be passed through breast milk. In fact, if a mother has an illness, her breast milk will contain antibodies to it that will help protect her baby from those same illnesses.

Baby and Breast- A Perfect Feeding Team

Knowing what to expect and how to deal with setbacks in breastfeeding can help ease the adjustment that you and your newborn will go through as you take on breastfeeding. Nursing comes naturally but it does take a while for the mom and baby to get in sync with one another.

How to breastfeed:


Get into a comfortable position. Whatever position is comfortable for you and for the baby is a good position to use.


Position your baby facing your nipple.


Support your breast with your free hand. Keep your fingers off your areola, which the baby needs to grasp.

Gently tickle the baby's lips with your nipple until the mouth is opened wide. Then, move your breast closer.


Don't stuff the nipple into an unwilling mouth. Let the baby take the initiative.

Make sure the baby latches on to the nipple and areola. Sucking on just the nipple will not compress the milk glands. It will also cause soreness and cracking.

If your breast is blocking your baby's nose, lightly depress the breast with your finger. Be careful not to loosen your baby's grasp of the areola.

If the baby has a strong steady rhythmic motion that is visible in the cheek, then most likely the baby is attached and sucking well.

When finished or repositioning the breast, don't yank your breast out of the baby's mouth. This will cause injury to the nipple.

Don't be tempted to skip or skimp on feedings because of pain. The less the baby eats, the worse the pain will be.

Brochure downloads:

Ten Steps to Support Parents` Choice to Breastfeed Their Baby (pdf)
101 reasons to Breastfeed Your Child (pdf)

Breastfeeding Basics


* Start as soon as possible after birth
* Be patient and calm
* Don't try to feed a screaming baby
* Ask for help when you need it

Breastfeeding is a learned skill that becomes easier over time. You are more likely to succeed with long-term breastfeeding by having a plan, becoming familiar with basic techniques, learning how to handle minor physical problems and getting help quickly when you need it.

How the Baby is Preparing for Breastfeeding

Before they are born, babies begin learning important skills that will help them breastfeed. Teaching mothers about these skills can increase their confidence in the baby`s ability to nurse at birth.

  • By the time a mother is 11 weeks (almost 3 months) pregnant, her baby has learned to swallow. Babies swallow amniotic fluid in the uterus.
  • By the time a mother is 24 weeks (6 months) pregnant, her baby has learned to suck. Babies spend a lot of time with their hands close to their mouth before birth. Babies are often seen sucking on their thumb, fingers or hands during an ultrasound exam.
  • By the time a mother is 32 weeks (8 months) pregnant, her baby has learned to root for the breast. The baby will turn its head if touched on the cheek and open its mouth if the bottom lip is tickled. By this time the baby can also suck and swallow in a coordinated way.
  • By the time a mother is 37 weeks (9 months) pregnant, her baby has learned to coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing so it can do all three when breastfeeding after birth. Babies practice shallow breathing before birth using amniotic fluid.
Breastfeeding Tips


  • Breastfeed your baby on demand rather than setting a strict schedule, especially in the first few months.
  • Taking care of yourself will also help you to establish your milk supply. Eat right and get rest when you are able.
  • Avoid bottle-feeding your baby breast milk until breastfeeding and milk supply are well-established, which is usually about 4 to 6 weeks. This helps build your milk supply. Not using bottles also helps prevent your baby from developing nipple confusion, which is a preference for an artificial nipple over the breast.
  • Look for signs that your baby is getting enough milk, such as eagerness to eat and feeding sessions that last at least 15 to 25 minutes. By 6 days of age, your baby should need about 6 to 8 diaper changes, settle well after feeding and usually awaken on his or her own to feed every 1 to 3 hours. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
  • Help clear blocked milk ducts by using warm compresses and massaging your breasts before and during feedings. Also, breastfeed more frequently and in different positions. Offer your baby the affected breast first at each feeding.
  • You can help relieve the pain from sore or cracked nipples with drops of expressed breast milk or lanolin creams.



The color of your breastmilk

The first milk is called `colostrum.' Colostrum is a clear, yellowish fluid. It is rich in protein, nutrients and antibodies, which protect the baby from infection. By starting to nurse the baby right after birth, the baby will benefit from the colostrum and the `mature milk` will come in sooner. Colostrum changes to `mature milk` sometime in the first 1 to 7 days.

`Mature` breastmilk may look blue in color. The milk that comes out first during a feeding (foremilk) is thinner and watery. The milk toward the end of a feeding (hindmilk) looks thicker. It is richer and higher in fat. If a woman pumps her milk, the fat (or `cream`) will separate easily and rise to the top.







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shiz - 1262 days ago.
Hisbabymama-that is totally normal. I am 10 months into it and am still a bit lopsided. No worries...Just nurse off that side as much as you can but still keep nursing from the otherside...i hope that makes sense...

Bri - 1262 days ago.
It's definitely ok to breastfeed throughout pregnancy as long as you don't have a history of preterm labor. I breastfed my first son while pregnant with my second no problem. You do tend to eat and drink a little more but your body can handle it. My question is how long do you plan on breastfeeding?? For those with preterm labor it is recommended to wean somewhere in the second trimester. Or, for those with incomplete cervixes, sometimes sooner. Another issue that sometimes arises with low supply. Because pregnancy does through your hormones out of whack it can lower supply. I've known women to see a supply drop before they even know they are pregnant. But at 11 months you could technically wean once it happens. Another issue is taste. Again the hormones change things. If they are going to wean because of taste it usually happens iin the second trimester. Older children have complained of the taste. It didn't effect my son. I got pregnant when he was 17 months and continued on. I'm nursing my 15 month old now and plan on getting pregnant in August and nursing him until he wants to quit. May or may not be before the third is born. My first had breastmilk until he was close to 3. In your case, if you want your child to breastmilk for the 2 years the WHO recommends then I would probably hold off of getting pregnant. But, if you don't really care when she weans then go for it. Most knowledgeable OB's will know it's ok for at least the first and second trimester for those with the history. I just don't know if I would risk it. I personally would wait until my child self weaned if I had the history. But. my body has a longer gestational cycle. Nothing sends me into labor until about 42 weeks so I don't have the risks.

charmedby3 - 1263 days ago.
14 months, 1 week. That's how long I've been nursing Braeden now! It's hard to believe it's gone so quickly. I've been back at work since he was 11 months old, and I pumped for the first month, then went through the freezer supply I had built up, and then finally at 13 months started giving goats milk at daycare, and nursing at home. I tried him on cow's milk, but he didn't like it. He'll suck back the goats milk like he's starved though! When he was first born I thought I'd go to one year, and then wean, but now I can't imagine forcing him to wean. I'm hoping he slows down a bit soon though, now that he has learned how to sign he wants to nurse constantly! I'm beginning to think he'll still be nursing when he's gone off to college! LOL He probably nurses about 4-6 times per day when I'm at work (which is quite an accomplishment, considering I'm gone from 6:45am - 5:15pm! And about 10 times a day, or more when I'm home! Not for long most times, it's like he just wants to know he'll still get boob if he asks for it. Funny little guy!

charmedby3 - 1263 days ago.
Actually nusring while pregnant is just fine, unless you have a history of pre-term labour, or some other reason to believe the baby might come early. The reason is that when the baby nurses oxytocin is released by your body. Oxytocin both encourages milk let-down, and causes contractions. Since you do have a history of pre-term labour, it probably isn't a good idea to bf while pregnant, although I believe it's still okay during the first trimester. Many who get pregnant while bfing though, discover that their milk supply really suffers during their pregnancy.

Mileysmommy08 - 1265 days ago.
Hi ladies! I am a mommy to two little girls. I am currently bf my 11 month old, and currently debating trying for another baby Starting in June. Would it be bad for me to bf while pregnant? I struggled with preterm labor with both my pregnancies, so I am worried that bf will cause problems with a new pregnancy. Any suggestions or thoughts on the subject?

mmjohnson33 - 1265 days ago.
domininique-Cole is 15 weeks. I will try the motion thing....its so frustrating....

HisBabyMama85 - 1266 days ago.
I have been having a problem with my breast size, my left is 1 up size larger than my right. I tried to pump and BF off of both, I tried just BF off of 1 and not the other it seems like nothing is working. My LO is going to be 6 weeks and I just feel so akward and really want to start feeling myself again, any suggestions?

dominique23 - 1267 days ago.
btw how old is your baby

dominique23 - 1267 days ago.
ya it can be. I had a fase where that would happen with my baby. Constantly coming off then back on..what worked for me sometimes was to nurse in motion..while walking or rocking that seemed to help her. she gets sooo distracted too now wants to look at everything comes off all the time, have to go lay down with her sometimes, or just walk around.

mmjohnson33 - 1267 days ago.
dominique-is it normal for him to latch and unlatch so frequently?

dominique23 - 1267 days ago.
mjohnson33- Every baby eats for different times, theres no set time limit, as long as they are satisfied id say hes good! Fenugreek works really well too if you want to try that to increase it does take a few days, sometimes to work. if you have to supplement with some formula for now to make sure he gets enough then thats what you have to do. You dont want to be stressing about it all the time, i can imagine it would be really hard to work and have to pump and make sure your pumping enough, so until you can increase your supply if he has to have some then thats what you got to do!

mmjohnson33 - 1267 days ago.
I just returned to work on 3/30 and I EBF my son who is 15 weeks old. He does take bottles during the day so I have to pump. I can only pump 3 oz total each time, sometimes I get lucky and get 4 oz. but this isnt enough for him as he eats 4-5 oz 3 times a day at the sitter. Is it ok to supplement with formula? I mean mostly breast milk is better than none at all right? I bought this Sacred Nursing Tea to try to increase my supply and I felt like it started working but today I only got 3 oz my first pump. I feel like i am stressing about it too and I know that doesnt help. I am exercising 1 hour a day and eating 5 small meals 3 hours apart everyday so my supply shouldnt suffer from the exercise......any advice would be great!! Also, my LO will eat for a few seconds and lose his latch. he does this repeatedly thoughout the whole feeding and has been doing so for about 5 weeks now. And, he only eats 7-10 mins each side before he acts like he doesnt want anymore. Is this normal? My breasts feel empty after he is finished and he seems satisfied....

dominique23 - 1269 days ago.
http://www.thevisualmd.com/health_centers/child_health/mother_s_milk/mother_s_milk_video good video how our mlk is made

jenlynnp - 1269 days ago.
I have health problems so I am on a fat free diet. and I BF. as soon as I started my 'diet' my health problems got better and I felt healthier.. I also lost 30 lbs fast. now I feel great. I dont get to much exercise I just cut out the crap.... GOOD LUCK :) I wouldn't stop BFing though since it helps burn calories :)

Bri - 1269 days ago.
Krystaldawn - It's about finding balance. Some women do have problems with supply if they exercise too much or cut too many calories. I would start small. Stop all crap foods (fast food, candy, pastries, etc) and start going for a walk every day. See what happens. You'd be surprised on how much you lose just by eating an apple instead of chips. Weight watchers also has a plan for breastfeeding moms! They give you an extra 300 or 500 calories to maintain supply. Don't stop feeding your baby. Breast milk is the best thing you can do for your little one in regards to health. At a year if you still feel this way then maybe it's time to wean but you've come this far to switch to formula which does have it's own risks. Good Luck!

Luv2Bamama - 1269 days ago.
Krystal; you’re doing a great job taking care of your daughter and continuing breastfeeding! Something to think about are the benefits to your baby by prolonging your BF relationship versus the benefits you gain from dieting. You are so close to reaching your one year goal, maybe start dieting then when you can introduce cow’s milk and not worry so much if your supply takes a bit of a hit. In the meantime, in my household, we are not “dieting” so much as we are eliminating most foods from packages. Instead of using canned beans to make chili, I use dried beans and soak them overnight…or use the bread machine to make fresh rolls/biscuits instead of the Pillsbury ones. We are also eating more fresh veggies versus frozen ones, and making our own trail mix instead of getting it pre-packaged. In addition to bringing our food bill down to under $200 per month, both my husband and I have lost about 10 lbs each in 4 months by doing nothing else.

shiz - 1269 days ago.
Krystaldawn-I cut my calorie intake and my pumping output suffered. ( i work full time and rely on that output obviously) but i have heard people that can do it safely and all is well. Just watch what your body responds to. Good luck!!! Lovinggod1111-WOW i'm impressed at your pumping outputs. I am going to look into that product you mentioned. I donate to a lil person and would love to beable to give more....so thanks for posting that.

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leesher0811 - 1270 days ago.
Krystal-I cut myself to 1500 calories a day after my son was about 3 months (I'm only 5'1' so that's enough for my body type, everyone needs different). They say that's how long it takes for your milk supply to be stable and not affected. Like someone else said your body will take from you so baby won't be affected. Generally cutting calories means you're cutting out all the junk anyway since healthy nutrient dense food is pretty low-cal. Doing that and working out about three times a week helped me drop 30 pounds! My son was, and is, perfectly healthy, nothing I did hurt him or my milk supply. He was ebf until 13 months.

mamadear04 - 1270 days ago.
Krystal, ..So many people told me the weight would come off fast from b/f, but it didn't till my baby was 12 -16 months thats when I saw the weight just falling off me...

Ali*L - 1270 days ago.
Krystal- I had no problem cutting back on calories. You have to be careful about getting balanced nutrition...but it is more for yourself than the baby. Your body will take everything it needs for the breast milk, which can leave you lacking calcium or calories, etc. Continue to take your prenatal vitamins! As long as you are eating healthy, you can cut calories just don't go to an extreme. No crash/liquid diets, or diet pills, or artificial sweetners. Other than that, you should be fine to diet. It should be easier for you to lose weight while breast feeding because you burn almost twice the calories you do when pregnant! 500+ compared to 300, daily.

Krystaldawn - 1270 days ago.
Advice please... I am breastfeeding my 7 1/2 month old baby. I am about 25 pounds from my desired weight and I am wanting to start a low calorie diet. I understand you can't diet and breastfeed for several reasons, but I don't know if I should keep nursing or stop so I can diet. Any opinions would be very helpful. I have to ideas about this situation. The first idea is that my daughter is 71/2 months old and I have breastfed her for a good length of time and it is okay to stop so I can get my body back, and the second idea is that this is my last baby and I don't want to stop until she is a year and I want her to have the most benefits as possible by having breastmilk. Please tell me what you ladies think..

mummy22 - 1272 days ago.
actually, i can tell you that milk thistle is fine during pregnancy... i took it for bf as well as my liver. just an fyi really :) fenugreek isn't so safe when pregnant because it can induce labour/cause contractions. it has been known to be used for natural induction of labour. i would not take it, even if i wanted my baby out now without advice from my ob/gyn. it has benefits of being very good for sugar levels and congestion and cholesterol and milk thistle is fantastic as a liver cleanser. p.s. i had cholestasis of pregnancy (liver problem) and gdm requiring insulin (i am insulin resistent/sugar intolerant when not pregnant). my mother is also an alcoholic and my dad type 2 diabetic, so i've done my research :)

lovinggod1111@hotmail.com - 1272 days ago.
I have low milk supply. I also exclusively pump. After I switched to a new lactation consultant I found out that you can use herbs to increase your milk supply. You can't use herbs during pregnancy though. Anyhow the LC told me to try a product called Breastea from breastea.com. I ordered it and my milk supply has increased a lot. I dual pump every 2 to 3 hours for fifteen mins at a time. I drink 4 glasses of Breastea each day. My milk supply has went from 1/2 ounce per pumping to 4 to 5 ounces.

mamadear04 - 1272 days ago.
So it has been 2 weeks now since my 18 month old has b/f and I thought I would be so happy, but now i feel kinda sad...I miss her saying mil mil mil ...lol I have a baby due in Aug so I know I will be happy I had this break , its just a happy sad momment. :)


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