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Breast Feeding

What You Need to Know

As we continue to learn about breast milk and the benefits of breastfeeding, breastfeeding is gaining support and popularity in the US. 


Although breastfeeding can be painful and can tire you out, most experts agree that feeding a newborn up to 6 months of age is a healthy way to feed. After six months, you can offer your baby solid food and continue breastfeeding until the baby is at least 12 months old. Weaning can take place at any age, although breastfeeding is recommended for babies 2 years and older. If a baby is fed solid food, continue to give him or her breast milk until he or she is at least one year old, but continue to breastfeed afterwards. 

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If you cannot produce enough breast milk, breast feeding can be beneficial and valuable until your child is older and older. Without solid food, children forget most of their nutrition and the risk of malnutrition increases.

If your nipples or breasts are sore, it is a good idea for breastfeeding mothers to seek help from a lactation consultant or their doctor.


When it comes to breastfeeding your baby, take the initiative if you decide to try exclusively breastfeeding from the outset, even if it is only for a short time. 


Offer breast milk as soon as your baby is born and allow him to breastfeed as often as he wants throughout the day. Just remember that breastfeeding more often means your breast produces more milk and that natural breastfeeding is more likely to feel that way. If the baby is properly attached to the breast and you get enough milk within a day or two, then breastfeeding more often (or pumping between feeds) will show your body that you need more of the milk of your breasts. 


If you are worried about milk entering your lungs, talk to your lactation consultant, doctor or nurse. Ask your doctor or lactation consultant about any diseases or medications that could affect your baby’s breast milk production. In return, talk to them about how to start pumping, when to pump, and how to safely store and treat your breasts “milk. If you have questions about breastfeeding, how the baby is growing or whether it is getting enough breast milk, contact your doctor, nurse or other doctor in your local hospital or nursing home. 


If you are breastfeeding a baby, you may want to wait until breastfeeding is established. Your lactation consultant can discuss your special breastfeeding needs during your hospital stay. This can include pumping and storing the milk while waiting or waiting for alcohol to pass through the breast milk of the breastfeeding baby. 


If you are breastfeeding a baby, your baby must not breastfeed for more than a few hours at a time in the first few weeks of life. 


Breastfeeding during the first hour can be very helpful to build up a milk supply as long as mother and baby are healthy and efficient. This way your baby can breastfeed as often as she wants until she empties her breast and gets the back milk. You can squeeze or pump milk to maintain your breast milk supply until the baby starts breastfeeding again. Pumping is a great way to keep your breasts stimulated regularly while you are at work or on errands, especially if your babies are sick or have temporarily stopped feeding.

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