- How do I know baby is getting enough?
- Do I need to change the way I eat?
- What if I have to go back to school or work?
- What about dad and grandma?
- What if I smoke?
- What if I have to take medicine?
Is baby having 6-8 wet diapers daily? Is baby gaining weight? Is baby eating 8-12 times daily? If you answered yes, baby is getting enough food. Did you know that we give weight checks at any time?! Give us a call and come on in!!
Eat a normal healthy diet. You don’t usually need to avoid any foods. Continue to take your prenatal vitamins as long as you are breastfeeding.
Because breast milk protects babies from so many illnesses, they will be healthier; therefore you are less likely to miss time from work or school. You can usually pump, or hand-express your milk while at work or school. If you need a pump or have questions while continuing to breastfeed, call us and we can help provide you with this!
They can help by bringing the baby to you to breastfeed. They can burp the baby, bathe the baby, and help with diaper changes. Special bonding times can be to take the baby out for a walk, playing, talking, singing, or reading with or to the baby.
It is best to breastfeed the baby. Breast milk protects the baby against many of the harmful effects of smoking. Formula does not. Never smoke around the baby. Smoke as little as possible but it’s always better not to smoke at all. Smoke AFTER a feeding and not before. More information on quitting smoking.
Many medicines are safe while breastfeeding. Your WIC clinic can refer you to a Breastfeeding Specialist who may answer your specific questions.