Breast-Feeding - Topic Overview
Talk to your doctor right away if you
are having problems and aren't sure what to do. Don't be afraid to call even
if you don't quite know what it is that is bothering you. Your doctor is used
to parents of newborns calling. He or she can help you figure out if there is a
problem, and if so, how to fix it.
How often do you need to feed your baby?
your baby whenever he or she is hungry. In the first 2 weeks, your baby will
breast-feed about every 1 to 3 hours. This schedule can make you very tired.
But know that your baby will soon start eating more at each feeding, and you
won't need to breast-feed as often.
Plan for times when you
will be apart from your baby. Use a breast pump to collect breast milk ahead of
time. You can store milk in the refrigerator or freezer for times when someone
else will be taking care of your baby.
Do you need to limit what you eat and drink?
Anything you put in your body can be passed to
your baby in breast milk. If you are breast-feeding, don't drink alcohol, take
drugs, or smoke. Before you take any kind of medicine, herb, or vitamin, ask
your doctor if it is safe.
Be sure to eat healthy, balanced meals and snacks to get enough of the vitamins and minerals
you need while breast-feeding. You need to eat extra calories and may need to keep taking your prenatal vitamins.
If you have questions about what to eat and what to avoid, talk with your doctor or midwife.
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