Your baby has arrived, and you’re overwhelmed with how much there is to learn about breastfeeding! Where do you even begin? From what position should you nurse your baby to why does your baby need to eat every two hours, there are a lot of breastfeeding questions that new mothers have, but may be too embarrassed to ask. We’ve compiled the most common questions and their answers so that you’ll have all the information you need when it comes to nursing your little one.
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1) How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?
One of the most common breastfeeding questions is How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk? The answer is actually pretty simple: watch for wet and dirty diapers. A newborn should have at least six to eight wet diapers a day, and they should be soaking wet. You should also be changing at least three to four dirty diapers a day. If you’re not seeing these numbers, or if your baby seems fussy or lethargic, contact a lactation consultant or your doctor.
2) What does breastfed mean?
When a baby is breastfed, they are getting milk directly from their mother’s breasts. This can be done either by letting the baby suckle directly at the breast or by expressing milk and feeding it to the baby in a cup or bottle. Breastfeeding is considered the best way to feed a baby as it provides them with all the nutrients they need and helps protect them from illness.
3) Is it safe to leave my baby alone?
It’s normal to feel like you need to be with your baby all the time, but it’s okay to take a break. If you need to step away for a minute, put your baby in a safe place like a crib or bassinet.
4) Can I pump at work?
You might be able to, but it depends on your company’s policies and your job. Some companies are very supportive of pumping at work, and will have a private space for you to do so. Others are not as supportive, and you might have to pump in a bathroom or closet. If you’re not sure what your company’s policy is, ask your HR department.
5) My nipples are sore. Help!
Sore nipples are one of the most common breastfeeding problems. To soothe them, try using a lanolin cream or breast milk. If that doesn’t help, consult your doctor or a lactation consultant.
I’m leaking all over the place. Is this normal? (five sentences):
Leaking is perfectly normal, especially in the early days of breastfeeding. To manage it, wear nursing pads inside your bra.
6) Do I have to give up coffee and alcohol while breastfeeding?
No, you don’t have to give up coffee or alcohol while breastfeeding, but there are a few things you should know. Caffeine can pass into your breastmilk and make your baby fussy, so it’s best to limit your intake to one or two cups of coffee per day. Alcohol is also passed into your breastmilk, but in small amounts. It’s okay to have an occasional drink while breastfeeding, but be sure to wait at least two hours before nursing your baby.
7) What if someone makes a comment about my breasts?
If someone makes a comment about your breasts, it’s probably because they’re not used to seeing a woman breastfeeding in public. The best thing you can do is ignore the comment and continue breastfeeding your baby. If the person persists, you can always ask them to leave or contact management.
8) Breastfeeding twins – possible or even desirable?
Yes, it is possible to breastfeed twins, and it can be a wonderful experience for both you and your babies. However, it will take some extra effort and planning. Here are a few things you need to know.
How often should I breastfeed? (three sentences): There is no set answer to this question since every baby is different. However, most newborns will need to be fed every two to three hours. As your baby gets older, they will start to space out their feedings.
9) How long will it take me to make enough milk?
For most women, it takes a few days for their bodies to adjust to breastfeeding and start making enough milk. However, some women may not make enough milk right away. If you’re concerned that you’re not making enough milk, talk to your doctor or a lactation consultant.