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When to Call Your Provider

Your baby eats less than 8 times in 24 hours. Your baby is too sleepy to wake for feeds. Feeding your baby is painful. Your baby never seems satisfied. Feedings last longer than one hour. Your breasts are hard, tight, and painful. Your baby has problems attaching onto your breast or staying attached.

Other Caregivers

Keeping your care team involved Look for a childcare center close by so that you may visit your baby during the day to breastfeed. Find a healthcare provider that supports breastfeeding and is familiar with storing and feeding breast milk. Share information with people on your care team regarding the importance of breastfeeding. Get them […]

Signs of Success

Signs your baby is getting enough milk Your baby is deeply attached onto your breast and you are comfortable while feeding. Your baby breastfeeds with steady sucking and swallowing. Your breasts soften during a feeding. Your baby is content after a feeding. Your baby’s pees and poops are consistent with the information given to you […]

Pain Relief

Many women find it easier to cope with early labor at home, and there are many ways to help cope with the pain of labor that do not involve medication. Talk to your healthcare provider about your options for pain relief during labor. Know the benefits and concerns for each option. Follow the guidance of […]

Build a Network

Set up a network of support before your baby is born that can help you when you get home. Be certain to consider your neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family. If you’re feeling sad or worried, remember that you’re not alone. Talk about your feelings to your healthcare provider. Seek help early, don’t wait! Build Your […]

Food

Healthy eating Eat a balanced diet with a variety of foods when you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Choose high-fiber whole grains like oatmeal, whole wheat or brown rice. Choose heart-health dairy products like low fat milk, yogurt, or mozzarella cheese. Select lean protein sources like seafood, poultry, […]

Breastfeeding Facts

Each of us has unique opinions on infant feeding formed from our own experiences and those of others we know. Knowing the facts will help you make informed choices that are best for your family. Do any of the facts below surprise you? Most women breastfeed. At least 82% of all women in the United […]

Make & Maintain Your Milk

Your first milk (colostrum) is thick and golden. Early milk comes in very small amounts – yet is full of nutrients and proteins that boost your baby’s immune system. Your milk will change over the first 3-5 days into larger amounts of mature milk, which has more water to satisfy your baby’s thirst. When your […]

Hand Expression

Learn Hand Expression Hand expression is a technique to express milk from your breasts to feed to your baby or store for later The amount will be just drops in the beginning and increase as you have more milk supply You can also express a drop onto your nipple for your baby to smell and […]

Latching

Finding your fit Practice makes perfect! A good latch helps prevent nipple pain and helps your baby remove milk. Be sure you’re comfortable in your position – relax your shoulders and rest your back against the chair or couch. Tips for latching your baby in ANY position Support your baby’s neck. Avoid holding the back […]