Arrange use of a pump Talk with your insurance provider and/or your health care provider about your eligibility for a personal electric breast pump. Your hospital, employer, school or local WIC office may have pumps for rent. Manual pumps are also available. Practice expressing, storing and feeding your milk Begin expressing and bottle-feeding your milk […]
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Make a plan for back to work or school Talk to your supervisor, academic advisor, or school nurse about your postpartum plans. Did You Know? A breastfed baby is less likely to get sick, so you will miss fewer days from work or school. Planning for your return can make it easier to transition back […]
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.
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]