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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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lilmama(maddie) - 1715 days ago.
Lisa I got pregnant 6 months pp while ebf with no period return. I knew within 2 weeks of conception that I was pregnant because I started to loose my supply rapidly. They dated my pregnancy by ultrasound. L

lisalou29 - 1716 days ago.
so i have a question for you ladies. my youngest child is 7 months old, and exclusively bf. i've heard you don't ovulate during breastfeeding, and I haven't had my aunt flo yet. we are currently on the waitlist for my husband to get a vasectomy. i've got a history of painful cysts on my ovaries, and we decided that since he is 'getting taken care of' that I wouldn't take birth control, and we'd just use condoms (and we do, every single time). but this last week i've been fatigued, and sick to my stomach at least once to 4-5 times daily. very reminicient of my two prev pregnancies. my last pregnancy i was put on hospitalized bedrest 5 hours away from home at 26 weeks pregnant, and had my girl at 36 weeks. i have mixed feelings. could I be pregnant?? how would they determine the delivery date if i am if there's no period to base on? ps i have a dr appt on thursday.

melonee - 1717 days ago.
Cierra is 6 weeks old today! She is exclusively breastfed on demand..We introduced a bottle 2 weeks ago, and she did great! I've been pumping about 4oz a day since she was a week old, so w e have a good supply built up now. I am gonna go buy a new pump tomorrow (a pump in style) cause I know Id get more milk if I had one..I have a Medela single electric now and its supposed to only be for occasional use... I absolutely love breastfeeding! Its probably what I missed most about my babies being newborn,

hisbabymama85 - 1717 days ago.
I have a question for the ladies, My Boss Lady has a very mild case of Thrush, anyone else have it? Ontop of that she has diaper rash, any suggestions on preventions? I change her almost every hour and use destin... well see how that goes for now!

07babe - 1727 days ago.
tell her to drink lots of fluids and just keep pumping as much as posible. the more she pumps the more milk she will supply. also make sure she has a Good pump. if you dont have a good pump sometimes it cn lack the amount of milk

sking - 1727 days ago.
quick question.... My sister in law had their baby 5 days ago and she is having trouble breastfeeding so she is trying pumping cause she really want the benefits of breastmilk. the last time she pumped she got 3 oz from each and this time 2 hours later she only got a little. I think I remember this happening to me when I was nursing our son but that was 2 years ago. So is this normal???? and if so is there anything she should do differently? Thanks

Tunny904 - 1728 days ago.
Baby's main nutrition up to a year should be breastmilk, so nurse nurse nurse as much as you want! You can introduce food a couple times a day, but it's mainly just to get baby used to food and starting to understand what it is.

dominique23 - 1730 days ago.
snoofy79 - your babys main nutrition should be from breastmilk still, shouldnt really be replacing the babys feeds from nursing, for food. my baby is almost 6mnts but eats 2x a day, nurses prob 4-6x a day some of those i think are more like little snacks..lol

snoofy79 - 1730 days ago.
Hi Everyone, I havent been on here for a while but im hoping someone can help me....my baby is nearly 7 months and has been eating solids for about a month but i cant seem to find any info on how often i should be breastfeeding her? I think i have cut back too much, i want to keep nursing her for a while yet but i thought i should be just nursing morning and night?? help??

dominique23 - 1735 days ago.
mjohnson33- Shaking breastmilk supposedly damages the white blood cells that help transfer antibodies in the BM. and can make it have air bubbles. i always just run it under warm water for a few seconds and swirl it , it always mixes right back up

mmjohnson33 - 1735 days ago.
Is it true you shouldnt shake breastmilk?? I have to pump at work and my milk separates and some of it sticks to the bottles!! The only way I can get it off is by shaking it! Am I destroying my liquid gold?

angela123 - 1738 days ago.
Bri - wow, good for you! That is all I have been doing, no dieting just cut out most of the crap and going for walks. The first 2 weeks I lost almost 6lbs and feeling good! Lost another pound and a half the next week so it has slowed a bit, but still good :) Have not yet noticed a drop in my supply so yay :) I hope I can keep this up

melonee - 1738 days ago.
Dominique, thanks for the link. I dont have enough of a supply to donate yet but its good to know that I shouldnt throw it out if I get too much/cant use it!

kez.seb.and.reuben - 1738 days ago.
my baby weighs 14lb 2oz today. he was 8lb 13oz when born 6 weeks ago and thats ebf! yay for magic mummy milk.

dominique23 - 1739 days ago.
So tomorrow I am donating my freezer supply of breastmilk very small supply only 60oz to a lady that has adopted a baby she has only been getting breast milk from donors. Then i will start my lil statsh over again, since im getting alexis to start drinking out of sippy cups a little bit now, got her to drink almost 2oz today out of it that is over a whole day though lol. soo hoping by the time shes 6mnts she will take it a little better, going on vacation next month going to be out and about busy so be nice if she could drink from it once in awhile while we were out! she gets soooo distracted anyways anyone talks or i talk she hears a noise has to see whats going on! but if anyone is intrested, there is this link there is also a fb page, you can find your state or country, and it will link you to the fb page, for people looking for donors, or if you need a donation. http://www.hm4hb.net/

dominique23 - 1739 days ago.
rubes- Breastmilk in the fridge is good for 5-7 days, the cream will seprate you just need to mix it back its still good even though it looks weird . In the freezer, want to put it towards the back, i use breastmilk freezer bags, they are good for about 4-6 months. In the deep freezer since its opened less and is kept at a cooler temp and constant temp can be good for 12 months.

melonee - 1739 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 - 1739 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 - 1739 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 - 1739 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.

JustTheBaker - 1740 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 - 1741 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 - 1741 days ago.
Anybody know what is a safe rate of weight loss while breastfeeding?

Luv2Bamama - 1742 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 - 1742 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 :)


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