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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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melonee - 1178 days ago.
rubes- I pump usually twice a day (my daughter is only 3 weeks old) and I pump about 2oz at a time. I put them straight in the fridge and then as soon as they are both cold I combine them, put them in a storage bag, write the date on the bag and then put it in the freezer. Its good for 3 months after that! I figure 4oz increments is pretty good for how old she is now...

rubes - 1178 days ago.
Hey, ladies!! Well I'm pregnant again and really want to successfully breastfeed my second!!! I had to stop at 4 months with Lilia coz my breastmilk wasnt good enough. I aim to pump and breastfeed. My question: how do you ladies store breastmilk??? I was always advised to throw it away after 24 hours, which seems ridiculous to me??? Thanks allot.

Bri - 1178 days ago.
angela123 - Depends on your body. If you do it safely (eating right and moving more) then you should be fine unless you see a drop in your supply. If you see a supply drop then exercise less. I lost 80lbs within 9 months of my second son being born. Just no crap foods and move.

Bri - 1178 days ago.
charmedby3tobe - I breastfed thoughout my last pregnancy without any nipple pain. My son was 17 months when I got pregnant. I didn't lose supply either. I don't know if I'm just lucky but I know of several ladies that have breastfed throughout and then tandemed without any problems.

charmedby3 - 1179 days ago.
Hi ladies! I don't come by here too often anymore, my son is nearly 15 months, so I don't have to many bf questions left. But I have just found out I am pregnant again! My 15 month old is still nursing, quite often in fact. Just wondering if there are any ladies around here who have nursed through pregnancy? I know I don't need to stop - I have no history of pre-term labour, but I am kinda scared about how much it might hurt to nurse through the first trimester. I am only 3 weeks, 6 days pregnant right now, so my boobs haven't had time to get sore yet.

dominique23 - 1180 days ago.
Luv2Bamama- those are really good ideas. i have a bread mechine havent used it for a year! i think im gonna get it out and start doing that it tastes so much better too! thanks for sharing i think we all could use some money saving ideas these days! angela123- i just talked to my gyno about this the other day i m currently trying to lose as well. she said not to drop below 1600 cal, but i noticed a decress in my milk supply so im not going below 1700 or 1800 cal a day, and she said prob about 2-3lbs a week is fine. iv been doing zumba and not really counting cal, iv just been eating healthier seems to be workin lost 4lbs in a week and a half! lots of fruits , and i make fruit smoothies for snacks , eat whole grains, and ground turkey, chicken. seems to be working.

angela123 - 1180 days ago.
Anybody know what is a safe rate of weight loss while breastfeeding?

Luv2Bamama - 1181 days ago.
Oh, I also make my own trail mix…get bulk nuts, get bulk dried fruit and dice it up and mix in a big container…at the beginning of the week, I fill up 5 or 6 snack baggies for the week. Its amazing how a few minor changes can make such a big difference! Like I said, I do work full time, so making things as simple as possible are the only way I got through a year plus of breastfeeding. Since I’m already cooking/baking, it takes very little time to double the recipe and store the leftovers. Since I’m already shredding salad for one dinner one night, it makes sense to spend the extra 5 min to prepare for the whole week. If I’m slicing an onion for a recipe, I cut up the entire thing and put the rest in a baggie or container so it is ready for the next meal. My husband is good about cleaning up the kitchen after dinner and puts the leftovers in containers for our lunches the next day, so it only takes a few seconds in the morning to grab the containers, an apple, an orange, a handful of carrot sticks and BAM; you’re done packing two lunches in under 2 mintues!

Tunny904 - 1181 days ago.
you go LUV!!! I'm trying to get that point with shopping and cooking and I find I am little by little...there are a lot of great ideas in there, thanks for the tips :)

mmjohnson33 - 1181 days ago.
I feel like I am not really breastfeeding much anymore....here is my son's average day. Wakes up around 5:15 breastfeeds, then I take him to the sitter around 7:45 where he will stay until 4:45pm and there he has 3 bottles. When we get home I will nurse him usually just once before bed. So all I really breastfeed him is twice a day, the only time we really bond is on the weekends but it seems since I went back to work he is a very messy nurser....he latches and unlatches constantly during the feeding and is so fidgity. It makes it really hard on me and I dont really enjoy it anymore.....any advice would be greatly appreciated. He has never sought breastfeeding out for comfort.

shiz - 1181 days ago.
Personally i hated the taste of the cereal so i don't feed my kids it. I feed breakfast mush...the ingredients are whole and no preservatives...I make all my own baby food except last week (we moved this weekend so were back to normal!) and then i was very picky at what i bought. My mom bought me a baby bullet with this child and that is how i have been making her food. She's due for more chunky food so we will see how that goes! Every Mother is different as every child is different. So do what is best for you and your family and have no regrets. ******Luv2Bamama*****-I love some of your ideas and i think i am going to incorporate them into my weekends of cooking for the week. Thanks for posting that...

Luv2Bamama - 1181 days ago.
Mummy22; Yes, HUGE decrease in our grocery bill by moving towards a “whole” food approach. I also plan my menu out about three weeks in advance, so it eliminates spontaneous trips to the store which is what really kills a grocery budget! This may be a long post, so I apologize…if you want more info, you can e-mail me at home or on Facebook. The biggest saver is limiting or eliminating “pre-packaged” and canned goods. We pretty much don’t buy any canned foods, with the exception of diced tomatoes, and chicken/beef/veggie broth, and canned tuna. Anything you buy in a bag, or a box is going to cost more. This year, we are planting 6-9 tomato plants then I will can them and use those, but we ran out of last year’s canned tomatoes already. When I make chili, I use dried beans that have soaked overnight instead of the canned beans. Instead of being about $0.59 per can, you can get 1 lb of dried beans for the same price (or less), which is usually over twice as many beans AND they don’t have all the added sodium. When we buy meat, I look for the sales and adjust my menu according to what meat I can buy. When it is on sale I buy the meat in bulk and freeze. I have been shopping this way for a while, so now I always have a variety of meats in the freezer. We eat a TON of fruits and veggies, and I try to make that the main part of our meals. Veggies/fruit are fairly inexpensive so I let my husband graze on as much of that as he wants, then we split the meat course of the meal; instead of each having 1 chicken breast, we split it (which is the proper serving size) and we get more meals out of it. I buy big carrots in the bins instead of baby carrots or carrots in a pre-packaged bag. I peal and slice them into “sticks”, keep them in a Tupperware of water in the fridge along with sliced celery. I usually prepare the Tupperware once a week and they are always ready for a quick healthy snack. We eat a salad with every meal—I get the head of green/red leaf lettuce versus the pre-packaged stuff. At the beginning of the week, I wash and shred the lettuce into a big bowl and put a moist paper towel over it and cover with saran wrap—this also keeps the lettuce from wilting for about a week, and it is always ready. I also look for veggies on sale, like the other day asparagus was on sale so I bought 10-15 lbs and froze most of it for soups and other recipies to make later. We make our own bread with the bread machine now…it takes about 5 min to put the ingredients in it and then the machine does all the work. Once it is done, my husband slices it with his electric knife and we freeze it just like a regular loaf and we access it when we need it. I make a whole fryer about once a month and plan my menu around that so we use the whole bird and have little waste; we have the roasted bird one night, make pot pies the next, make a casserole the next, have chicken salads etc. Any of the breakfast foods, I make my own and then freeze, like pancakes, waffles, muffins, banana bread etc. Plus, I can control the ingredients that go into it, no more of the preservatives and corn syrup! Since I do a lot of the cooking/baking, it is worthwhile to buy baking ingredients in bulk (flour, sugar, etc.) when it is on sale. I always cook more than we need so we have lunches the next day and at least one night of leftovers, or if I need to I can freeze extra food (like soup, or lasagna). My husband still likes soda, so I buy 2 liter bottles and he takes one to work at the beginning of each week instead of buying cans. I would probably save more if I weren’t particular on certain brands…but I must have Tillamook cheese, or Umpqua ½ & ½ for my coffee! This sounds like a lot of work, but it really isn’t! I work full time and don’t find that this is any more complex or time consuming.

dominique23 - 1181 days ago.
as you can see everyone has their opinion on what you should feed your baby first...cereal no cereal..never feed fruits first do yellow and orange foods first...really no 2 babies are alike, whatever works for your baby is what works..mine eats fruit and veggies just fine..and i believe in pureeing her food, and making it myself..while others think you should never puree it..so to each his own. do what you think is best for you baby and what works for yours.

Tunny904 - 1182 days ago.
Luv2bemama: LOVE that book SUPER BABY FOODS!! I picked it up with my 1st daughter b/c it looked like the best one at the book store and I love it. I absolutely use it at least 3 times a week for dinner recipes for the entire family, we all love it and it really is so healthy for everyone!!

Mummy22 - 1182 days ago.
luv2beamumma-wow can't believe u have reduced ure shopping bill so much!!!! would love some tips plz?? :) thanks heaps

tlynn - 1184 days ago.
Hi mommies!!! My baby is 15 weeks and we have been successfully bf..the last few weeks it seems that he won't sleep without the breast. If so it lasts Mayb 30 minutes but if I keep giving the breast when he's unsettled he will nap or sleep for a good while. Any ideas what I should do?? Desperate.

melonee - 1184 days ago.
just ordered myself a nursing cover from www.uddercovers.com. Choose which one you want and put in the promo code 'cranberry2' This makes the cover FREE minus the cost of shipping (9.95) I am so excited to get mine and im posting this on every board I visit :)

Luv2Bamama - 1184 days ago.
There is no medical evidence that says you “have” to give babies the processed cereals, in fact I agree w/ Bri—they are empty calories and just make babies gain weight with no natural nutrients…it is all “fortified”. When you first start giving solids, they barely eat anyway, why not give them something that has good vitimans/nutrients? At 6 months we started giving home made purees (sweet potatoes, avocado, carrots, etc) mixed w/ BM and water to make it smooth. She liked it for a few days, then HATED meal time. We then stopped for a few weeks and tried again around 7 months. It took her until about 8-9 months before she really started to like and understand the food concept. “Super Baby Food” is a GREAT book to look at when you’re starting solids. Great info on nutrition and when/how to introduce foods. In fact my husband and I started to apply the nutrition info into our own diets and have limited our processed and prepackaged foods. Not only have we both lost 10 lbs in 4 months, we have also reduced our grocery bill to under $200 per month!

Bri - 1185 days ago.
SunshineMaria - I didn't do cereal with either of my boys. It's empty calories. I did Baby Led Weaning. At six months I offered proper foods. With my second this was chicken, rice and brocolli. They learn to pick the food up and eat it. Much easier then purees.

Bri - 1185 days ago.
laurae2001 - I'm with the others. I'm confused on why you would have to stop breastfeeding immediately? I breastfed my first throughout my pregnancy with my second. There was no problem with supply when the next came along. Your body will produce enough for both babies. Also, many babies will self wean during your second trimester because the milk taste changes and because supply drops. But, you should be able continue to feed throughout your pregnancy if your baby wants and of course if you haven't had pre-term labor. I do let my boys self-wean though. It's healthier for our emotional health. HAHA! But, if you do decide to wean then I'd do so one feeding at a time. Take a couple of months to do so. You and your baby will be much happier that way. Cold-turkey weaning can cause depression in moms and unless the baby is ready to give it up aren't happy either. The depression is caused by the sudden drop of hormones. One feeding at a time if the best way to wean.

dominique23 - 1186 days ago.
SunshineMaria- i started my baby 2 weeks ago on oatmeal cereal with bananas added she loves it now takes a few tries to get the , and just did one tablespoon for the first week once a week at first is what we did. and i gave her carrots too she loves them. tonight was our first night trying sweet potatoes, i made them myself and added breastmilk to them to make a puree she went crazy! started eating the high chair when i finished feeding her stole the spoon lol. you can start now just once a day if you want or wait either way wont hurt, at first he prob wont like it but keep trying:)

SunshineMaria - 1186 days ago.
Hi ladies. My wee one will be 6 months next week. I am wondering when you started cereal and baby food with your babies. We haven't started yet. I was thinking about postponing a couple of more weeks until May 18th for the baby's 6 month old check up, but my hubby wants to go ahead. I realize it won't hurt anything, I just kinda don't want to. What do y'all think?

jennfinn411 - 1188 days ago.
Thanks for the responses ladies!

BumbleB - 1188 days ago.
Hey all you BFing mommies!! I cant wait to join you later August (week 23). i had issues bfing the first time and sadly stopped @ 4 weeks.. but I am destined to make it work.. even with a now 17 mo old. lol.. anyways I want to ask for your support in voting on a recent poll about BFin in public.. it is super quick and I need at least 50 responses in order to use for my last speech for class! I appreciate your help and cant wait to join you ladies! I am kind of nervous.. it hurt sooo bad the first time :( THANK YOU! ((hugs)) http://www.i-am-pregnant.com/Fpoll/poll.php

Luv2Bamama - 1188 days ago.
Laurae2001— How far along are you? Most times, you can BF into the second trimester and almost into the 3rd unless you have a history of pre-term labor. As you get further along in your pregnancy your milk will change flavor and they usually self wean then. If not, plenty of women tandum nurse with no supply issues to their newborns, in fact it will likely make sure you have extra supply with two kids demanding nursings. Just a thought, but of course up to you.


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     Second-trimester
     Third-trimester
Spreading-the-News
Stretch-Marks
Surrogacy
Swelling-(Edema)-in-Pregnancy
Symphysis-Pubis-Dysfunction-(SPD)
Teen-Pregnancy
Teenage-Parenting
Teeth-Care-(Children)
Teeth-care-(Pregnancy)
Teething
Telling-Loved-Ones-You-Are-Pregnant
Tests-before-pregnancy
     Bacterial-Vaginosis-Screen
     Blood-Type-and-Antibody-Screen
     Chicken-pox
     Cystic-Fibrosis-Carrier-Screening
     German-Measles
     Gonorrhea,-Chlamydia,-Syphilis
     Hemoglobin
     Hepatitis-B-Screening
     HIV
     Ovulation-Predictor-Test
     Pap-Test
     Urine-Screening
Tests-during-pregnancy
     AFP-screening-test
     Amniocentesis
     Biophysical-Profile-(BPP)
     Blood-Glucose
     Chorionic-Villi-Sampling-(CVS)
     Contraction-stress-test
     Fetal-Fibronectin-Test-(fFN)
     Group-B-Streptococcus
     Non-stress-test
     Nuchal-Translucency-Screening
     Prenatal-Paternity-Testing
     PUBS
Tetanus
Thrombophilia
Tips-On-How-To-Get-Pregnant
Tips-To-Avoid-Pregnancy
Tobacco
     Smoking-Cessation
Toxoplasmosis
Travel-during-pregnancy
     Seatbelts
Traveling-With-Children
Treating-your-child`s-symptoms
Trisomy
TTC-After-Loss
TTC-After-Tubal-Ligation-Reversal
TTC-Dealing-with-Infertility
Tubal-Ligation
Tummy-time
Twins
     Complications
     During-twin-pregnancy
     Establishing-routines
     Fraternal
     Identical
     Nursing-twins
     Twin-delivery
     Video
Ultrasound
Unassisted-Childbirth
Urinary-Tract-Infection
Urination
Uterine-Fibroids
Vaccinations
     a)-Birth-2-Months
     b)-4-Months
     c)-6-Months
     d)-12-Months
     e)-18-Months-2-Years
     f)-4-6-Years
Vaginal-Delivery
     Vaginal-birth-after-cesarean
Vaginal-Discharge
Varicose-veins
Vasectomy
Vegetarian-Diet
Ventriculomegaly 3 new
Vomiting-(Babies)
Warts
Water-Birth
Weight-Gain
Weight-of-your-child
Whats-Safe-and-Unsafe
     Beauty-and-Spa-Safety
     Career
     Fitness
     Foods
     Home
     Medical
     Medications
     Sex
     Sleep
Working-Mothers
Ovulation-Calendar

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