FAQs for Breastfeeding
How long should I Breastfeed for?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends Breastfeeding for the first 1-2 years. However, you can breastfeed for as long as you and your baby are willing and able. Any amount of breastfeeding is better than nothing at all!
When should I take a Breastfeeding Class?
It is recommended that you take your breastfeeding class in your 7th- 8th month of pregnancy. Breastfeeding classes can be taken in conjunction with your Childbirth Classes and are oftentimes part of the Prepared Childbirth Series.
Why should I take a Breastfeeding Classes?
Your baby has a natural instinct to breastfeed, however breastfeeding is a learned skill for both you and your baby, as this is something new to you both. Your breastfeeding class will prepare you for your journey into breastfeeding.
What will be covered in a Breastfeeding Class?
Your breastfeeding class will cover the benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your baby, your baby's hunger cues, positions for breastfeeding, obtaining a proper latch, mom's diet, going back to work and breastfeeding, pumping and storing your breastmilk and so much more!
What supplies do I need for Breastfeeding?
There aren't many supplies needed for breastfeeding. You will need a couple of nursing bras, a sports nursing bra (for bedtime), cloth or disposable nursing pads and pure grade lanolin nipple cream. You may also want a breast pump which is now provided by most insurance plans, breastmilk storage bags and a couple of bottles.
When will my milk come in?
You are already producing Colostrum, which is known as "liquid gold" and contains all your antibodies to help your baby fight infection and illness.
Your "official breast milk" will come in between days 3-5 after you start breastfeeding, but remember your baby is receiving your colostrum for the first 3-5 days. You are boosting your baby's immune system from the first feeding!
How will I know that my baby is getting enough to eat?
Your baby will be content after feedings, have at least 6-8 wet diapers a day (after day 4) and at least 1 soft dirty diaper a day. Oftentimes babies have multiple dirty diapers a day. You can also weigh your baby on a baby scale before and after breastfeeding to determine how much they ate.
How often will my baby breastfeed?
Your baby will need to breastfeed 8-12 times a day, which will allow for many wonderful bonding moments for you and your baby!
What if I can't produce enough breastmilk for my baby?
There are certain foods containing galactogogues that can help increase breastmilk supply, you can try pumping after feedings as breastmilk is produced on a supply and demand basis, you can contact your local lactation consultant for other helpful tips. If the above options don't help, you can always breastfeed your baby first (as long as you are producing milk) and then follow up with a formula or donor breastmilk as a supplement if needed. And remember, any amount of breastfeeding is better than nothing at all.
When can I give my baby a bottle?
It is recommended that you wait 3 weeks (if possible) to introduce a bottle. A stronger suck is required to draw milk out of the breast, and we want your baby to master that suck before introducing the bottle.
How long can I store my breastmilk?
Your breastmilk once pumped is good at room temperature (77 degrees or cooler) for 4 hours, in an insulated cooler bag with ice pack for up to 24 hours (recommend for transport only), in a refrigerator for 4 days, in the freezer for 6 months and in a deep freezer for 12 months.
How often should I pump at work?
It is recommended you pump according to your baby's feeding schedule (if possible) or every 2-3 hours for babies less than 6 months and every 3-4 hours for babies 6 months and older.