Breastfeeding your baby has many benefits for both mother and child, including burning extra calories for you, encouraging a close bond between mom and baby, and it helps in fighting infections in that your baby might contract.
But for a natural process, sometimes breastfeeding doesn’t seem to come so naturally!
We are here to help! There are lots of questions:
- How to help the baby latch?
- How to increase milk supply?
- How to balance going back to work and pumping?
- What medications are safe to take?
- And lots more.
We would like to know what questions you have.
For now, here is some information to help.
What should I do if I am having trouble?
It is a natural process, but it can take some time for you and your baby to learn. Most women are able to breastfeed. A few women cannot breastfeed because of medical conditions or other problems.
Lots of help is available. Peer counselors, nurses, doctors, and certified lactation consultants can teach you what you need to know to get started. They also can give advice if you run into challenges. And remember, if you can’t breastfeed or decide not to, it’s OK. There are other feeding options, and you will find the one that is best for you, your baby, and your family.
How long should I breastfeed my baby?
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of a baby’s life. It should continue up to the baby’s first birthday as new foods are introduced. You can keep breastfeeding after the baby’s first birthday for as long as you and your baby would like.
If you have questions about breastfeeding, help is just a phone call away! Be sure to ask your doctor and nurse for helpful tips or you can call our office at (801) 507-1950 or call the National Breastfeeding Hotline at 1-800-994-9662.
We know that this doesn’t work out for everyone and we’re here to support you.
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