Breastfeeding Tips (for all the future mothers)

1. Take your Vitamins and eat healthy! 

It is very important to have a healthy diet in order to keep up your energy and to supply yourself with important vitamins. Eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will help with milk production. Calcium (milk, yogurt, cheese), Iron (meat, seafood, beans), Vitamin C (citrus fruits, broccoli, cabbage), and MultiVitamins will help mothers produce enough milk to supply a baby.

2. Drink Water!

Breastfeeding mothers should consume about 8 glasses of water each day. They could also drink other fluids including juice, milk, broths, tea, and soup.

3. Use a breast pump if needed.

If it is difficult for the baby to intake a significant amount of milt to gain enough wait, it might be easier to pump and then feed the baby from a bottle.

4. If you are having trouble producing enough milk, take turns. 

In a 30 minute feeding period, you can have your baby feed on one breast for 15 minutes and then the other one for 15 minutes. Or, you can feed from one breast for 30 minutes, and then the next feeding session you can feed for 30 minutes on the other breast.

5. Make sure the baby is getting enough milk. 

A newborn baby should be eating about 2 ounces every 2-3 hours. As the baby gets older, they should be eating about 3-4 ounces. If the baby is not gaining enough weight, you can try supplementing some breastfeeding time with formula or breast milk from the bottle. A baby is supposed to gain 1 ounce a day, so if they are not gaining enough, it is important to try and have the baby drink from a bottle to closely track the milk intake. By 6 months, a baby should be double their birth weight.

 

 

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