Breastfeeding FAQs

How often should I nurse?

At first, you should nurse frequently because the more that you nurse, the more milk you’ll produce. You should breastfeed your baby every two to three hours, about eight to twelve times each day. During the first few days, you may have to gently wake your baby to begin nursing, and she may fall asleep again mid-feeding..Crying is a late sign of hunger – ideally, you should start feeding your baby before she starts crying.

Does breastfeeding hurt?

Breastfeeding may be uncomfortable at first, but it should not be painful. If you have been breastfeeding for several weeks and are still experiencing pain, your baby is probably not latching on correctly. A lactation consultant can help you make nursing stress- and pain-free.

How do I know if my baby is getting enough to eat?

If your baby seems satisfied after feedings, eats on a regular schedule, and is gaining an appropriate amount of weight, you can rest assured she is getting enough. If any of these are not occurring, speak with your pediatrician.  Also, start the day off with 8-10 diapers on the changing table.  If you go through those 8-10 diapers each day your baby is getting enough to eat.

Can I drink alcohol or coffee while breastfeeding?

Anything you consume is passed on to your baby, so both of these should be limited. It’s safest to stick to the decaf and mocktails you enjoyed while pregnant.

Can I get pregnant while breastfeeding?

Yes. Although nursing may delay the return of your cycle, it is possible for some new mommies to get pregnant while breastfeeding. So if you aren’t ready to add to your clan just yet, talk to your healthcare provider about birth control options.

How do I increase milk production?

Nurse, nurse, nurse! The more your baby eats, the more milk you will produce. You can also pump in between or immediately after feeding your baby. Drinking plenty of water and consuming a healthy diet can help, as well.
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