Breastfeeding 101: Answers to Frequently Asked Breastfeeding Questions
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Breastfeeding 101: Answers to Frequently Asked Breastfeeding Questions

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Lots of new moms have questions about breastfeeding. That’s why Pediatrics East offers lactation consulting services to help you become confident in your role as a mom. You’re doing great mom! We’re here to help.



How much should my baby be eating?

The general rule of thumb for infant feedings is 2-3 ounces of breastmilk or formula per pound each day. So if your baby weighs 9 pounds, they’ll likely need between 18-27 ounces per day. This isn’t always the case for each infant, however. Some babies require more than the average amount of breastmilk or formula, and some require less. If you’re concerned about the amount your baby should be eating, a lactation consultant can help.

How often should my baby be eating?

Newborns will eat every 2-3 hours, and as babies get older, they’ll gradually need more breastmilk or formula fewer times a day until soft foods can be introduced. If you are concerned about the number of times your baby is or isn’t eating, a lactation consultant can help you determine whether or not your baby is getting enough to eat.

Should I wake my baby to eat?

If your baby sleeps for more than 4 hours at a time, you may need to wake him or her for feedings. It may be tempting to let sleeping babies lie, especially when you’re running on little sleep yourself, but keep in mind that feeding a sleepy baby is much easier than soothing a crying baby.

How do I know if I’m making enough milk?

If you feel that your baby is still hungry once your breastmilk is depleted, you may not be making enough breast milk. Infants who are hungry will often cry or smack their lips to let mom know they haven’t had enough to eat. If your breast milk production is low, you can supplement with formula. Our lactation consultants can help you determine whether or not you need to supplement with a formula, and if so, how much.

What should I eat?

Just like pregnancy, breastfeeding requires mom to eat healthy and take care of her nutritional needs as well as those of her baby. For this reason, you should avoid alcohol, fish (mercury), and caffeine. Whole fruits and veggies, lean meats, and plenty of water should be a staple of your diet when breastfeeding, and packaged, processed foods should be kept to a minimum. If you have concerns about your diet, our lactation consultants can help you create a custom nutritional plan to keep you and your baby healthy and happy.

How common is it for a new mom to have questions about lactation?

Questions about lactation are much more common than you may think. Research has shown as many as two thirds of mothers have trouble breastfeeding or aren’t able to breastfeed as often or for as long as they’d like. That’s why Pediatrics East offers lactation consultants to help answer your questions and guide you through the process.

What is a lactation consultant?

Lactation consultants offer assistance for moms of newborns who need advice and guidance on how to help your baby latch properly, how to set a feeding schedule, how to use a breast pump, how to handle going back to work when you’re breastfeeding, how to help treat pain and soreness from breastfeeding, and how to breastfeed with confidence.

When should I see a lactation consultant?

If you are feeling overwhelmed, unsure, or frustrated with the breastfeeding or formula feeding process, a lactation consultant can help build your confidence and provide tips and remedies for latching, milk production, and more. There’s no reason to be hard on yourself if you’re unsure about what to do. That’s why we’re here!

What can I expect from a lactation consultation?

A lactation consultant will guide you through the process of breastfeeding, show you different methods, and answer your questions about feedings, formula, and more. Lactation consultants can meet with you after you give birth in the hospital, at the Pediatrics East clinics, or from the comfort of your very own home.

How can a lactation consultant help me?

If you’re having trouble getting your baby to latch on, a lactation consultant can provide tips and tricks to help your baby learn the process. A lactation consultant can also provide remedies for breast soreness resulting from breastfeeding, help you set a feeding schedule, provide advice on which formula to choose and how much to feed your baby, and so much more. Think of a lactation consultant as your go-to source of information for all things related to newborn nutrition. We’re here to help you in any way we can.

If I’m having trouble breastfeeding, do I have other options?

Formula is always an option for mothers who are having trouble getting their little ones to breastfeed properly. While we recognize that breast milk is recommended for the first six weeks of life and encouraged for infants up to six months, we understand that some mothers may have a preference for one over the other. Whether you’re breastfeeding or formula feeding, it’s our goal to support you through the journey however we can.

How can my partner become more involved?

While dads can’t be as involved as mom in the breastfeeding process, they can still provide support in the form of helping with bath time, diaper changes, and essential bonding time with baby.  If you’re feeling lonely during breastfeeding sessions, ask your partner to provide support in the form of spending time next to you while you breastfeed, preparing meals for you or older children, and taking on other household chores to give you the opportunity to relax and focus on your baby.

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Posted by Tim Flatt at 3:13 PM
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