Breast Feeding

While breastfeeding:

  • Eat a balanced diet, 500 to 600 more calories per day
  • Continue prenatal vitamins until you stop nursing
  • Increase fluid intake
  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine
  • The baby may react to certain foods you eat (spicy)
  • Check with your pediatrician about medications, many pass through the breast milk
  • Breastfeeding can delay return of menstruation and fertility, but this is not a dependable form of birth control
  • Certain birth control pills are safe to use while breastfeeding, check with your gynecologist for recommendations
  • Wear a good supportive bra
  • Expect to breastfeed baby every 2 to 3 hours
  • Expect some discomfort (twinges) in your breast for 3 to 4 weeks
  • Uterine cramping is normal for the first 3 to 4 weeks
  • Breast milk usually comes in 3 to 5 days after delivery, your breasts will produce colostrums until then
  • Always wash your hands before breastfeeding
  • Nurse from both breasts with each feeding
  • Begin feeding on the breast where last feeding was completed
  • Keep nipples dry after feedings
  • Use lanolin cream on nipples 3 to 4 times a day after feeding to keep the nipples from becoming dry and cracked
  • If you have inverted nipples you may be able to wear nipple shields after 37 weeks of pregnancy
  • If your baby sleeps longer than 4 hours, you need to wake the baby for a feeding

Signs baby is getting enough breast milk:

Take a breastfeeding class, watch videos, and read as much as you can about breastfeeding. Keep a positive attitude

  • At least 6 wet diapers in 24 hours and 2 to 5 loose yellow stools in 24 hours
  • Steady weight gain, after the first week of life
  • Pale yellow urine, not deep yellow or orange
  • Baby sleeping well, yet baby looks alert and healthy when awake

Take a breastfeeding class, watch videos, and read as much as you can about breastfeeding. Keep a positive attitude.

Lactation consultants are available for your assistance during your hospital stay

Your baby’s pediatrician will give you more specific information related to breastfeeding your baby

We have an on call lactation consultant, Denise Russell, APRN

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