My baby is due in two months, what should I do to get ready to breastfeed? (Top)
The most important thing a soon to be mom can do is educate herself by reading web sites, like www.breastmilkcounts.com and others listed on our resources links page. Telling family and friends your breastfeeding goals ahead of time will prepare them to support your decision after the baby is born.
Does breastfeeding hurt? (Top)
Breastfeeding should not be painful, even in the beginning. Most of the time this can be corrected by simple adjustments in positioning baby and mom.
Do I need any special clothes to breastfeed? (Top)
No, many women prefer clothing that can be lifted up from the waist (shirt) or unbuttoned are just fine. Nursing bras are not a necessity but a convenience. Nursing bras do not have to be expensive and can be purchased at most retail stores.
Will I need a breast pump and if I do what type? (Top)
No, you do not need one. In the early weeks of breastfeeding it is best to latch the baby to the breast as it helps to build a good milk supply and teaches the baby to breastfeed. If a mother has to return to work or school or has to be separated frequently from her baby an electric breast pump makes this easier. If mom is only away occasionally a manual pump works well and is easier to carry. Whatever the situation is, WIC has breast pumps that can meet every mother’s needs. The type of pump will depend on mom’s situation.
I have heard breastfeeding is difficult. (Top)
It is not difficult. Breastfeeding is the first thing a mom and baby learn together. Baby is learning to suck, swallow and breathe and mom is learning baby’s needs and personality. Learning something new takes effort and patience. Having support from family and friends is important. If you feel overwhelmed and unsure give us a call here at the Lactation Foundation. Sometimes, all new moms need is a pat on the back and reassurance that things are going well.
How do I know my baby is getting enough to eat? (Top)
Many new moms have this same concern. When you can’t weigh your baby the best way to tell if he is getting enough to eat in the early days is counting bowel movements. A baby that is fed only breast milk should have about 4 poop diapers every 24 hours. Breastfed newborns feed about every one and a half to three hours. Feedings last about 30-40 minutes. When feedings last longer than 40 minutes or occur less than one hour apart, or you have any other reason to be concerned about your baby’s intake, contact your doctor immediately.
If you have questions or concerns feel free to call us, email us or come by and see us. All questions are important and we would love to meet you.