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Breastfeeding 101

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM
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Here are the basics of Breastfeeding provided by LLL.

Breastfeeding 101

Early start
*Put baby to the breast to nurse as soon as possible after birth. 

How Often?
*Baby needs to nurse 10-12 times in 24 hours. The more you nurse, the more milk you will have.

*Frequent breastfeeding stimulates milk production. It is not true that resting the breasts results in more milk.

Latching On
*Sit back comfortably (don't lean over baby).

*Support your breast with one hand.

*Place baby's head in crook (bend) of your elbow. Pull baby's feet in close to your other side. Hold baby at level of breast.

*Baby's face and body are turned toward mother.

*Tickle baby's lower lip, wait for him to open wide.

*Pull baby closer to you when ready to latch on.

*Make sure that a large part of the areola is drawn into baby's mouth.

*Cold compresses or cabbage leaves between feedings to reduce swelling.

*Warm showers or compresses before feeding.

*Soften breasts by expressig some milk.

*Nurse often!!

Why avoid bottles?
*Baby given water or formula = Easy flow from bottle = baby full (lazy about sucking) = Reduced sucking time = less milk produced = hungry crying baby = anxious mother = baby given water or formula (get the picture?)

*Produced in the first few days.

*Small in quanity (teaspoons, not ounces).

*Protects against infection.

*Clears meconium- Helps reduce jaundice.

*Satisfies baby's thirst and hunger.

Baby NEEDS night feedings
*Easily digested human milk passes quickly through the digestive system. This is why breastfed babies wake up at night to eat.


Enough Milk?
(After milk comes in)

*6-8 wet diapers in 24 hours.
*3-5 bowel movements per day mean baby is getting enough milk.

Milk too weak?
NEVER!!! Milk changes throughout the feeding. Express one drop of milk before and after a feeding and see the difference. Foremilk is watery to satisfy thirst. Hindmilk is creamy to satisfy hunger.

Too much milk?
* Offer only one breast at a feeding.

*Offer the same breast if baby  wants more soon after a feeding.

*Feeding against gravity may slow the flow.

Sore Nipples
(Remember: Correct positioning and latch-on are moSt important for preventing sore nipples.)

*Break suction before taking baby off the breast. (you can insert the tip of your finger into the corner of your baby's mouth to break the suction).

*Offer the leat sore breast first.

*Avoid plastic against nipples.

*Use only plain water for washing.

*Use an ultra pure modified lanolin (like Lansinoh) to speed healing.

*Check with a LLL (La Leche League) Leader for help. 

Blocked Duct
(If milk becomes blocked a tender lump may appear in the breast.)

*Apply heat.

*Get plenty of rest.

*Nurse frequently.

*Check positioning.

Growth Spurts
Baby may nurse more often at times to build milk supply. "Frequency days" often occur around 3 weeks of age.

Back to work
* Find out about facilities at work for expressing and storing your milk.

*Start working only after milk supply is well established.

*Pump or express milk at work.

*Take milk home for the next days feeding.

Frequent breastfeeding when at home.

For more info you can visit or you can call 1-800-laleche.

by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM
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by New Member on Jun. 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM

This is very helpful Thank you!

by Group Mod-Julia on Jul. 9, 2014 at 1:05 AM
Great info :)
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